Laramie, Wy – At least four incumbent Democratic state
lawmakers have been ousted, further cementing the Republican
stronghold on the Statehouse.
In a southeast Casper district, Senator Keith Goodenough lost to
G-O-P challenger, political newcomer and business owner Kit
Jennings, 51 percent to 49 percent.
Goodenough was turned out after four years in the House and the
last ten in the Senate.
Democratic Representative Saundra Meyer of Evanston lost to Republican Bruce Barnard, an Evanston attorney.
Also losing was Casper Democrat Liz Gentile (JEN'-teel), who was
beaten by former lawmaker Gerald Gay, 52 percent to 48 percent; and
Carpenter Democrat Jana Ginter, who was defeated by fellow incumbent Wayne Johnson, a Republican who made a successful switch to the Senate.
Republicans, too, took their lumps.
Incumbent Jim Allen of Lander lost to Patrick Goggles of Ethete. Goggles becomes the first Native American to be
elected to the Legislature since Scott Ratliff left in 1992.
Also, in a Worland race, G-O-P incumbent Jane Wostenberg lost to
Democrat Debbie Hammons.