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Mead's Wyoming GOP gubernatorial primary spending: $1.4M
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Mead's Wyoming GOP gubernatorial primary spending: $1.4M

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CHEYENNE -- Matt Mead, the winner of last month's Republican gubernatorial primary, spent almost as much money on his campaign as his three main opponents did combined, according to the Wyoming secretary of state's office.

Mead, a former U.S. attorney, spent $1,393,245 in the GOP primary race, which he won by only 714 votes over State Auditor Rita Meyer. He personally put more than $1.2 million of his own money in the race, state campaign finance records showed.

Meyer's campaign, by comparison, spent $573,267 on the race. Former state lawmaker and state Department of Agriculture Director Ron Micheli spent $567,643, while House Speaker Colin Simpson's campaign spent $516,548, according to campaign finance records.

The two main Democratic candidates, meanwhile, spent far less money in their races. Former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Leslie Petersen spent $81,728 in her victorious primary campaign against pilot and former University of Wyoming football star Pete Gosar.

Gosar's campaign spent $27,935, campaign finance records showed.

Read more about this story in Friday's Star-Tribune.

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