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Wyo. gubernatorial candidate accused of having lived in Colo. allowed to stay in race

Author: Associated Press - August 6, 2018 - Updated: August 8, 2018

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Taylor Haynes (right), Republican candidate for Wyoming governor, laughs during a debate with fellow candidates at Casper College’s Wheeler Hall Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Casper, Wyo. (Josh Galemore/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A man who’s running for governor of Wyoming amid accusations he lived in Colorado will remain in the race, although a judge has yet to decide if he’s eligible to serve as Wyoming’s chief executive.

A judge in Cheyenne denied a request Friday to order Republican Taylor Haynes to withdraw from campaigning. Wyoming officials, including Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, also have asked Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell to declare Haynes ineligible to be governor. The judge will continue to consider that request but has canceled a hearing set for Tuesday, two weeks before the Aug. 21 primary.

The ranch where Haynes lived during parts of 2014 and 2015 straddles the Wyoming-Colorado line. State officials say Haynes lived on the Colorado side.

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Under the state constitution, a candidate for governor must have lived in Wyoming state continuously for at least five years before the general election.

Haynes says he’s satisfied with the ruling against what he calls a “politically motivated action.”

The Secretary of State’s Office says the ruling doesn’t determine if Haynes meets residency requirements and that the candidate wouldn’t agree to an expedited resolution of the case.

Associated Press

Associated Press