CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — What had been shaping up as one of this year’s most bitterly contested primaries came and went with barely a ripple on Tuesday as Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi soundly beat four little-known Republican challengers in his pursuit of a fourth term.
Last summer, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s elder daughter, Liz Cheney, launched what widely was expected to be a formidable primary challenge for Enzi, a fellow Republican.
Ultimately, the Fox News commentator and former State Department official found little mainstream support in the sparsely populated state to which she and her family moved in 2012. She dropped out in January, citing family health issues.
Enzi, meanwhile, raised even more campaign cash than usual: Just over $3 million to date. Almost half of that remained in the bank as of July 30.
The most prominent feature of Enzi’s summertime campaign kept true to his low-key, folksy style: Ice cream socials in Wyoming’s tranquil city parks.
Enzi, a 70-year-old former shoe salesman, said he’s seeking another term because his seniority on several Senate committees serves Wyoming’s interests. His priorities include simplifying the tax code.
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