A Massive Crossover Voting Surge Is Already Happening In Wyoming
This may be one of the biggest surges in crossover voting in Wyoming's history.
According to an in-depth article by Cowboy State Daily:
While the number of new Wyoming voters grew by about 2,000 last month, the Republican Party gained 7,000, according to official voter statistics.
Democrats lost 6,069 voters, or 2.4% of the registry, from January to August.
It's not just the Democrats that have lost voters for this upcoming primary.
Wyoming’s Libertarian numbers dropped by 38. The Constitution party lost 16 voters. Unaffiliated voters dropped by more than 1,000, from 34,925 to 33,769. And in the slim “other” category, the figure dropped by three voters. (Cowboy State Daily).
Liz Cheney is only partly to blame for this.
Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House, Liz Cheney, actually put out a mailer asking Democrats to crossover vote for her. She seems desperate for the vote. And many have heard her and are responding.
Democrats might make the move to pick Cheney over Hageman because Hageman was endorsed by Trump.
But Democrats don't seem to want to consider that Cheney is always been the most conservative member of the U.S. House.
By voting for Liz those Democrats will be voting for someone who voted with Trump on almost every issue.
The Democrats have candidates running for the U.S. House, but most Democrats do not see their own party choices as serious candidates.
But there are other reasons for the crossovers.
Wyoming is voting for a governor this year. The Republicans have incumbent Mark Gordon in the race and 3 others. The other political parties have candidates that have not even made a blip on the political radar scope of voters.
That means that many Wyomingites, of other parties, will cross over to the GOP to select who they want as their next governor.
Another reason is that in many local races across Wyoming there are only Republicans on the ballot.
Since Wyoming is heavily Republican many Democrats and other parties feel left out of the election if they live in an area where mostly Republicans are on the ballot.
In some districts, there is not one single Democrat running. They see the real election happening in August. So they cross over to the GOP, vote in the primary in August, and jump back for the General election.
But sometimes crossover voting is done to influence the outcome of the GOP primary, which is seen as unethical.