Barrasso facing smooth path to Senate re-election

Oct 25, 2012 By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Few U.S. Senate races are as lopsided this year as the one in Wyoming, where incumbent John Barrasso dominates his challengers in funding and name recognition.

Barrasso was appointed in 2007 after Sen. Craig Thomas died in office. He was elected in 2008 to finish Thomas's term and now faces his first campaign for a full six-year Senate term.

The Casper physician is a former member of the Wyoming Legislature.

Records show Barrasso had spent more than $1.1 million on the campaign and still had $2.9 million through Aug. 1.

Democratic challenger Tim Chesnut and Joel Otto of the tiny Wyoming Country Party report spending around $1,000 each so far.

Chesnut is an Albany County commissioner who calls himself a moderate Democratic alternative.

Otto is a Lander-area rancher who advocates abolishing some federal agencies.

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