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Foster Friess

Foster Friess speaks to supporters while conceding the GOP nomination for Wyoming governor to Mark Gordon on Aug. 21, 2018 in Casper. Friess announced Wednesday that he is considering a run for U.S. Senate. 

CHEYENNE — A wealthy Republican political donor from Wyoming says he’s thinking about running for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Foster Friess told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday he will be weighing a possible run in the months ahead. Republican Sen. Mike Enzi recently announced he will retire at the end of his current term.

Friess is the first person to publicly express interest in running for the Senate seat.

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Friess is a 79-year-old investor, philanthropist and national GOP donor from Jackson Hole.

He ran for Wyoming governor in 2018 and finished second in a six-way Republican primary. He lost to Mark Gordon, who won the general election and took office in January.

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Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney isn’t ruling out a Senate run but says she has no announcements to make yet. Cheney challenged Enzi in 2014, but dropped out before the election.

Several sources previously told the Star-Tribune that former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is considering entering the race. She left office in 2016, and Cheney won her seat.

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