The Battle For Cheyenne: Could Democrats make gains in Wyoming’s capital city this year?

Some things are easy to predict in Wyoming politics.


The liberal enclaves of Jackson and Laramie will continue to favor Democrats, despite Wyoming’s deep red reputation. Natrona County, home to a robust and influential conservative establishment, will continue to elect Republicans under the local, “big tent” tradition. And towns such as Gillette, as conservative as any over the past decade, will reliably produce the furthest right-leaning members of the Wyoming Legislature.


Some districts in Wyoming are not so typecast, however. Republican Sen. Tom James, R-Rock Springs, managed a surprising upset of former Senate Minority Leader John Hastert in a traditionally blue district two years ago, while Republican Lloyd Larsen has seen his cushion narrowing in Fremont County to successive, Democratic opponents.