Friday, August 16, 2013

Better know a district: Wyoming

Wyoming only has one member of the House of Representatives.  As such, it only has the at-large seat which houses the entire state.

Population: 563,626

Median income: $37,892

Ethnicity: 85.9% White
8.9% Hispanic
2.1% Native American
1.6% Other
0.8% Black
0.8% Hispanic

Presidential election results:

2000: George W. Bush: 69.22% Al Gore: 28.30%
2004: George W. Bush: 68.86% John Kerry: 29.08%
2008: John McCain: 64.78% Barack Obama: 32.54%
2012: Mitt Romney: 68.64% Barack Obama: 27.82%

Current Representative: Cynthia Lummis (R)

Cynthia Lummis sits on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform.  According to GovTrack, she is a far-right Republican.

The talk lately has been about Liz Cheney announcing that she will run for Senate in 2014, challenging the Republican incumbent.  But the Congressional at-large district of Wyoming can be looked at, as well.

Lummis has an approval rating of 43/36.  Wyoming is one of the few instances for the House of Representatives where we can look at polling data and assume it is reliable.  Lummis is a former State Representative, State Senator, and State Treasurer. 

Lummis is one of three female members of Congress who identify themselves as Congressman.  Lummis was outspent four-to-one in the 2008 Republican primary in Wyoming, but she still managed to win the primary and eventually won the seat over Gary Trauner by 10 points.  In 2010, Lummis defeated a much weaker Democratic candidate by getting 71% of the vote.  In 2012, Lummis received nearly 69% of the votes and easily won re-election.  Lummis is the 29th wealthiest member in Congress.

Lummis is pro-life and supports "traditional" marriage.  She proposed a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  She has voted multiple times to repeal Obamacare and has voted ye on the Ryan budget plan.  She has announced that she was a member of the Tea Party movement.  She is a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment saying that gun ownership is a part of our culture.  She opposes any federal tax increases.  She believes that we need to secure the borders.  She wants to permanently repeal the federal estate tax. She also wants to end all federal funding of National Public Radio.

There has not been a strong Democrat to run against Lummis.  Even if there was, based on her approval ratings taken from Public Policy Polling, it is unlikely that she would be defeated.  It would have to be a very strong Democratic candidate who is more conservaitve than most Democrats.  It's possible that a conservative Democrat could get elected but it would be tough.  

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