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Trump tweets endorsement of Wyo. U.S. Senate incumbent over wealthy challenger

Author: Associated Press - July 31, 2018 - Updated: July 31, 2018

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In this March 20, 2018 file photo, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right speaks with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, after a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is weighing in on Wyoming’s U.S. Senate race, endorsing incumbent Barrasso over a wealthy opponent in an upcoming Republican primary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — President Donald Trump is weighing in on Wyoming’s U.S. Senate race, endorsing incumbent John Barrasso over a wealthy opponent in an upcoming Republican primary.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that Barrasso doesn’t need his help because he is “absolutely outstanding in every way” but he hopes Wyoming voters will support Barrasso in the Aug. 21 primary.

No public polling to date shows whether Barrasso faces a significant challenge from Dave Dodson, a wealthy businessman from Jackson Hole. Dodson says he’s prepared to spend $1 million of his own money on the race.

Barrasso has easily won election twice since his appointment to the Senate in 2007.

Dodson ran as an independent before switching to the Republican race. Dodson says Trump’s endorsement shows Barrasso is “obviously worried” about whether he will win.

Businessman Gary Trauner is running as a Democrat for the seat.

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