State GOP votes not to recognize Republicans who run under a different party | 307 Politics

Amid record numbers of candidates from minor, unaffiliated parties in the general election, the state’s GOP voted on Saturday to no longer recognize Republicans who register to run for office with another party affiliation. . The rule went into effect immediately.

“Looking at this, it’s pretty obvious to most of us that if you’re going to run as an Independent or a Constitution or a Libertarian or something like that, you’re no longer a Republican,” the member said. of the Karl Allred Party of Uinta County. , who introduced the motion, said at the State Central Committee meeting in Riverton.

“If you’re going to be an independent, then you’re an independent and we don’t recognize you as a Republican at this time.”

A list from the secretary of state’s office shows there are seven independents, seven libertarians and three constitutional candidates vying for legislative seats in the general election. Records for the secretary of state show this to be the highest number of candidates from minor, unaffiliated parties since 1998, Wyofile reported. It is not known how many of these candidates are also members of the Republican Party.

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The vote is particularly sharp amid a recent effort by some mainstream and moderate Republicans, as well as some Democrats, to solicit an independent candidate to run against Republican nominee for Secretary of State, Rep. Chuck Gray, R- Casper, in the November election. .

Gray defeated his closest Republican challenger, attorney Senator Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne, by about 13,000 votes in the August primary. He focused his main campaign on suppressing ballot boxes and stamping out voter fraud and said the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent, even though there is no evidence that voter fraud was widespread enough to have changed the result of this race. While supporters see Gray as a champion of election integrity, others see him as a serious threat to fair elections in Wyoming.

The effort to find an independent candidate to challenge Gray ultimately failed. Since there are no candidates from any other party in the November election, he is almost guaranteed to become Wyoming’s next secretary of state.

While efforts to solicit an independent challenger Gray were the most high-profile example of this phenomenon in Wyoming’s election this year, Allred said there were “several other races across the state” where people tried to get independents on the ballot to run against Republican candidates who won the primaries.

The committee was also set to vote on resolutions to censure Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, in part for his involvement in attempts to find an independent to run against Gray, and denounce a recent vote by the Joint Corporations Committee to draft a bill that would remove certain powers from the post of Secretary of State. The outcome of those resolutions was not known by the Star-Tribune deadline.

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