Mark Gordon Elected Wyoming Governor
Written by jordanmckamey on November 7, 2018
Republican Mark Gordon defeated Democrat Mary Throne on Tuesday to become Wyoming’s next governor.
Multiple news outlets, including the Associated Press, called the election for Gordon minutes after the polls closed at 7 p.m. He will succeed Republican Gov. Matt Mead, who has held the seat for two terms.
Gordon, running his first contested general election in a decade, arguably endured one of the most trying pathways to the governorship in the history of the state. In a six-way primary race that was, by itself, the most expensive statewide race ever run, Gordon outlasted political outsiders Harriet Hageman and Foster Friess to win one-third of the vote. It was the highest turnout for a Republican primary in state history, helped by hundreds of thousands of his own funds and one of the most experienced campaign teams in the field.
In a victory speech Tuesday night, Gordon — flanked by his wife, Jennie — thanked his campaign team and all those in attendance, acknowledging the difficulties he had faced along the way and the future he envisions for the state.