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Democrat Ryan Greene Loses To Republican Liz Cheney

Ryan Greene

Democrat Ryan Greene has conceded the race for Wyoming's lone U.S. house to Liz Cheney. With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Cheney has taken 62 percent of the vote while Greene took 30. Greene said he wishes Cheney the best of luck going forward but offered her some advice.

“Well, you know, vote for Wyoming, not for the party,” Greene said. “Our issues are not reflective of one party. Always, always keep the Wyoming people in mind, regardless of the party. Do what’s best for the state.”

During his campaign, Greene worked hard to convince Wyomingites that he was a special Wyoming brand of Democrat with more conservative views on gun rights and energy development. But Greene says he wasn’t able to make that case to Wyoming voters because Cheney outspent him ten times over.

“I think the attack ads on me scared a lot of people, even though they were false,” he said. “But, you know, that’s a lot of money. And when only one side does the talking, I think a lot of that message gets misconstrued. But it looks like straight party lines. A Republican state went heavily Republican.”

Liz Cheney spent $1.7 million on her campaign.

Greene says he’s not sure whether he’ll run for office again in the future, but hasn’t dismissed the possibility.

Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.

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