Former U.S. Attorney Matt Mead spent $1.1 million on yesterday’s Republican gubernatorial primary, and $900,000 of it was his own money. His investment has paid off and he will be the next Governor of Wyoming.
Mead lead State Auditor Rita Meyer by just 700 votes. They were both at 29%, and Meyer has conceded the race. Former State Rep. Ron Micheli had 26% and former House Speaker Colin Simpson 16%. Meyer was endorsed by Sarah Palin and Micheli had the backing of many conservative organizations. Simpson was considered the moderate Republican choice and was endorsed by former President George H.W. Bush.
Mead, 48, served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force, and he chaired the multi-state unit focusing on illicit drug trafficking. His grandfather was former Governor and U.S. Senator Cliff Hansen (R-WY), and his family has resided in the state since territorial days.