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Wed November 3, 2004
Laramie, Wy – Barbara Cubin has won re-election by the
narrowest margin since she was first elected to Congress.
With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Cubin had 55 percent to
42 percent for Wilson businessman Ted Ladd. Libertarian Lewis Stock
(stuke) claimed three percent.
Cubin won Wyoming's lone House seat by a 12-point margin in
1994. She was re-elected by margins from 1996 through 2002,
including by 38 points in 2000.
Cubin says she's NOT surprised that this year's race was so
close, pointing to how two strong Republicans lined up against her
in the primary and how two solid candidates competed in the
She says that because of all that opposition, she's been the
focus of personal attacks since February.
Ladd says that despite losing, he takes solace in giving Cubin a
much closer race than John Kerry gave George Bush in Wyoming. He
says his intent all along was NOT to run against Cubin, but to
listen to the people of Wyoming.
Ladd owns a business consulting company in Wilson and is a
member of the Wyoming Business Council. He had the endorsement of
Governor Dave Freudenthal in his bid to unseat Cubin.
The endorsements for Cubin include that of the National Rifle
Association. She is a member of the N-R-A board.