Second Democrat enters race against Wyoming U.S. Sen. Enzi

2014-01-22T12:15:00Z 2014-01-22T17:21:04Z Second Democrat enters race against Wyoming U.S. Sen. EnziBy KYLE ROERINK Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Another Democrat has joined the race to take on Sen. Mike Enzi in the 2014 election for U.S. Senate.

Cheyenne resident Rex Wilde announced his candidacy Wednesday morning, vowing to fight for veterans and the middle class.

Wilde ran for governor in 2010 but lost the in the primary election to Jackson Democrat Leslie Peterson. He only collected $200 in campaign funds and said he canvassed the state with his sleeping bag, closing his eyes under the stars every night after days of shaking hands and knocking on doors.

Wilde, 57, works for the contractor Knife River and formerly served in the Wyoming Army National Guard, the 509 Battalion Combat Team in Italy and the 82nd Airborne.

The news came less than 24 hours after Democrat candidate Charlie Hardy announced he was taking on Enzi. Hardy attempted to run for the U.S. House in 2012 as an independent.

Hardy didn't make it onto the ballot in the race because he failed to collect the signatures of 3,740 registered voters to support him. He fell about 500 signatures short, he said.

Hardy had been working with the Wyoming Democratic Party and decided to switch parties to take on Enzi.

Republican Liz Cheney dropped out of the race earlier this month.

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  1. rigrat
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    rigrat - January 22, 2014 1:56 pm
    Don't know much about this feller,but anyone who will fight for vets and the working stiff gets my attention.
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