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Bill Sniffin

Wyoming columnist

President Donald Trump wins! Well, at least we think he will win in Wyoming.

Elsewhere in America, however, the outcome of the Nov. 3 election is a matter of some debate.

I always tended to believe polls and thought Trump would lose four years ago. Those same polls again predict he will lose the national election. This time, I am not so quickly going to believe these polls.

For four years, Trump has faced unprecedented criticism and opposition. If he wins, it will be the biggest upset since Truman topped Dewey back in 1948.

Here in Wyoming, there are three legislative races that have caught people’s eyes.

First is in Fremont County, where the Riverton House seat held by David Miller since 2001 is up for grabs in a race between Republican Ember Oakley and Libertarian Bethany Baldes.

Both are popular candidates, and the assumption was the Oakley would easily cruise to a win. That is, until Riverton Mayor Rich Gard endorsed Baldes. And the biggest surprise was when Miller endorsed Baldes, who came within a whisker of defeating Dave two years ago.

Ember’s sister, Debbie, is married to Colin Simpson up in Cody. So former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson knows Ember well and has been running ads in support of her candidacy lately.

The ultra-right WYGO (Wyoming Gun Owners) is campaigning hard for Baldes. That group had a lot of success in the primary. We shall see if this carries over to the general election in this case.

The founder of WYGO is state Sen. Anthony Bouchard of Cheyenne, who just cannot catch a break when it comes to finding an easy opponent to beat. He outpolled a tough challenger in the August GOP primary but now faces an aggressive Democrat in the general election in Britney Wallesch.

Does that Cheyenne district have enough Democrats to replace Bouchard with Wallesch? Bouchard has been a winner in recent elections by seemingly always narrow margins. WYGO is pushing hard for him, so we can see how strong their influence is this time around.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan is investigating WYGO. That could yield some interesting news.

A third legislative race that offers some statewide interest in District 45 in Laramie between Republican Roxie Hensley and Democrat Karlee Provenza. The winner will replace retiring Democrat Charles Pelkey, who, unfortunately, is enduring a new bout of cancer. Our best wishes are with Charles, who is an attorney and a former newspaperman. It will be interesting if the Democrats can hold this seat.

For the national races here in Wyoming, Laramie Democrat and UW professor Merav Ben-David’s folks have been calling my home and asking to talk to my wife. Nancy is a registered Republican, but for some reason they believe an individual on the phone can change her mind. We had two calls. The first one was from a former Landerite who now lives in Cody. But the second was from someone with a distinctly non-Wyoming accent.

Cynthia Lummis should easily earn a trip back to Washington, D.C., where she represented Wyoming in the House for four terms. Her longtime service to Wyoming as a legislator, state treasurer, and U.S. representative has earned her the right to win this election. I think she will be a terrific senator.

It is fantastic that we have four women running for the two top national seats. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney should defeat Lynnette Grey Bull, and we are proud to see a Native American Arapaho woman competing in that race. Lynnette has done some wonderful work calling attention to missing Native American women and girls, in addition to her other work.

To a lot of folks, the big test is how mainstream media will react after this election is over — will its members return to trying to be impartial, or will they permanently become the de facto public relations arm of the national Democrat Party?

Critics (mainly Republicans) feel it appears that CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR and the New York Times all have become totally partisan for the Democrat side. It is extremely unnerving. The last four years have been very unfair. Fox News and its pro-conservative agenda could also be more balanced.

An unfair national media could be the most dangerous trend confronting our country of all the dangerous things threatening it.

Bill Sniffin is a longtime journalist from Lander and publisher of Cowboy State Daily. Email:

Bill Sniffin is a longtime journalist from Lander and publisher of Cowboy State Daily. Email:

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My 2 cents, the MSM has, in fact, become defacto DNC sub-contractors, so well, yes, I think the polls are off a bit once again.

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