Trump tweets endorsement of Wyoming US Senate incumbent

July 31, 2018 - 1:51 pm

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing in on Wyoming's U.S. Senate race, endorsing incumbent John Barrasso over a wealthy opponent in an upcoming Republican primary.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that Barrasso doesn't need his help because he is "absolutely outstanding in every way" but he hopes Wyoming voters will support Barrasso in the Aug. 21 primary.

No public polling to date shows whether Barrasso faces a significant challenge from Dave Dodson, a wealthy businessman from Jackson Hole. Dodson says he's prepared to spend $1 million of his own money on the race.

Barrasso has easily won election twice since his appointment to the Senate in 2007.

Dodson ran as an independent before switching to the Republican race. Dodson says Trump's endorsement shows Barrasso is "obviously worried" about whether he will win.