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Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, has been diagnosed with melanoma, a skin cancer.

Case, who is up for re-election in Senate District 25 against Democrat Sergio A. Maldonado Sr., continues to campaign and work as a senator in Fremont County, he said.

“I’m staying in,” he said. “I’m not dropping out of anything. I don’t think it’ll be warranted. It’ll be fine.”

The general election is Nov. 4.

“I just hope the best for everybody and Mr. Cale Case,” Maldonado said.

On Aug. 20, a day after Case won the four-way Republican primary in his district, he had two lymph nodes removed from his neck. Previously, he had a spot removed on his scalp, he said. The lymph nodes tested positive for melanoma, an unexpected result to Case and his surgeon, he said.

“I have not obtained a second opinion, but the present medical team assures me that this is not going to be a factor for a considerable while,” he said, adding that he does plan to get a second opinion and choose a course of treatment. “This is a very winnable fight.”

Case said he continues to be active, having finished a morning run Monday. He feels good, he said.

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Republicans in the Wyoming Legislature have rallied around Case, who has been in the Legislature since 1993, serving in both the House and Senate. SD25 is the state’s most diverse district – including the Wind River Indian Reservation, conservation-minded residents in Lander, energy workers in Riverton and ranchers in other areas of the county.

In a statement Case released Monday, Sen. Phil Nicholas, R-Laramie, Rep. Lloyd Larsen, R-Lander, and Senate Vice President Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, had words of support for Case.

“Cale has a lot going for him,” said Bebout, a cancer survivor. “He is great colleague who is always there for Fremont County. He has the kind of determination that it takes to beat this thing. He will be OK, and Fremont County will be better for his service.”

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Reach political reporter Laura Hancock at 307-266-0581 or at laura.hancock@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter: @laurahancock.

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