Former Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) announced a bid for Senate in Wyoming Thursday, becoming the first Republican to jump into the race and setting up a potential clash with her successor in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Politico reports..
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced he would retire at the end of his term next year, the Casper Star Tribune reports.
Said Enzi: “I have much to get done in the next year and a half. I want to focus on budget reform. I don’t want to be burdened by the distractions of another campaign. After this year, I’ll find other ways to serve.”
“Longtime Republican donor Foster Friess said that he is exploring a 2018 bid for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, making him the latest conservative figure to consider challenging Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), a low-key member of the leadership,” the Washington Post reports.
Said Friess: “Normally, over the years, I’ve dismissed these urgings. But due to the stature of the people requesting, I sense a responsibility to prayerfully explore the possibility.”
“Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater, is seriously considering a Republican primary challenge for a Senate seat in Wyoming, potentially adding a high-profile contender to a fledgling drive to oust establishment lawmakers with insurgents in the mold of President Trump,” the New York Times reports.
“Mr. Prince appears increasingly likely to challenge John Barrasso, a senior member of the Senate Republican leadership, according to people who have spoken to him in recent days. He has been urged to run next year by Stephen K. Bannon, who is leading the effort to shake up the Republican leadership with financial backing from the New York hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah.”