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Mike Enzi Holds Wide Lead Over Liz Cheney In First Wyoming GOP Poll

It’s still early, obviously, but according to the first official poll since Liz Cheney announced her candidacy, Wyoming Republicans aren’t too impressed:

A new Harper Polling survey in Wyoming finds Sen. Mike Enzi (R) crushing challenger Liz Cheney (R) in a Republican U.S. Senate primary, 55% to 21%.

Among other findings in the poll:

  • Enzi has a 76% favorability rating, with only 6% viewing him unfavorably, while 17% say they’ve heard of him but have no opinion. Additionally 73% approve of the way Enzi has performed as Senator, 9% disapprove, and 19% have no opinion. 
  • Former Vice-President Cheney has a 74% favorability rating, with 16% viewing him unfavorably, while 10% have no opinion
  • Liz Cheney herself has a 45% favorability rating, while 15% viewing her unfavorably, 2% saying they never heard of her, and 38% saying they have no opinion
  • Finally, 48% say Enzi deserves a 4th term, 28% say he doesn’t, and 24% are unsure at this time.

I have no idea how reliable this pollster is, and PPP is already saying that they have a poll in the field in Wyoming that should be released early next week, but this seems to be an early indication that Cheney faces an uphill battle.

 

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Comments

  1. stonetools says:

    So Wyoming has a choice between a conservative wing-nut and an ultra conservative wing-nut. BFD.
    Here’s a better issue: why a state with more cows than people gets the same Senatorial representation as California, with a population 66 times as large, and what we can do to right that injustice.

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  2. Neil Hudelson says:

    @stonetools:

    Because it was designed that way, on purpose, to make sure all states had an equal say in one house of the federal legislative body.

    Because of their population they do not get the same level of say in the House of Representatives.

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  3. stonetools,

    From Article V of the Constitution:

    “[N]o State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

    So, there’s really no point in talking about this.

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  4. @Neil Hudelson:

    Oh that pesky Constitution an it’s rules, eh?

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  5. legion says:

    Not surprising, since she’s very transparently carpet-bagging to jump-start her own political career someplace that would be – if she won – utterly safe. The question is: will the people of Wyoming still see that after the millions of $$ of Koch-funded ads blanket the state for the next year and a half…

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  6. stonetools says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    Well , if we never talk about it, we’ll never get around to fixing that problem, will we? Which is convenient for lovers of the status quo.

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  7. Mr. Prosser says:

    According to the WY SoS website there are 218,056 registered voters in the state which makes it seem like a pretty tight community. I’m no political scientist but based on Tip O’Neil’s “All politics is local” theme wouldn’t Enzi, as a proven senator with a real home town boy cachet, be the obvious winner no matter what polls say? Wyoming is definitely conservative but they don’t seem to be the flaming types that can be found in Montana and Idaho. Do they care that much about neoconservative foreign policy or are they more concerned with fracking policy or open pit coal mining on public lands? I don’t think Cheney knows anything about it or cares about it and Enzi does.

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  8. @stonetools:

    what we can do to right that injustice.

    California would have to agree to be broken up into several states.

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  9. Andre Kenji says:

    @Mr. Prosser:

    I’m no political scientist but based on Tip O’Neil’s “All politics is local” theme wouldn’t Enzi, as a proven senator with a real home town boy cachet, be the obvious winner no matter what polls say?

    Not only that. Wyoming is not New York – people there expects to have met their senators personally. Someone that moved from Virginia a year ago will face difficulties to establish a personal connection with these voters.

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  10. legion says:

    @Stormy Dragon: But first: Texas.

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  11. PJ says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    California would have to agree to be broken up into several states.

    Hmm… Create three new states from California’s 12th, 13th, and 14th district….

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  12. Neil Hudelson says:

    @stonetools:

    I think I speak for many: How is it a problem?

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  13. al-Ameda says:

    @stonetools:

    Here’s a better issue: why a state with more cows than people gets the same Senatorial representation as California, with a population 66 times as large, and what we can do to right that injustice.

    Not to be nitpicking but …. That goes back to why there’s a House and why there’s a Senate.

    Essentially, the Founders had no way to know that the House would turn out to be the disgrace it is today, or they might not have bothered to create the House – but that’s another discussion.

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  14. wr says:

    @al-Ameda: Not to be nitpicking, but the Senate was created the way it is to protect slavery. And while that evil was finally overturned, the same forces that demanded unequal representation continue to have far more than their share of influence over the nations.

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  15. Laurence Bachmann says:

    @legion: at least Wyoming is briefly annoyed by the poaching Come live in NY, where carpetbagging Kennedys and Clintons get the red carpet treatment.

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