FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right speaks with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, after a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, Barrasso fended off a well-funded challenger in Wyoming's Republican primary and will face Wilson businessman Gary Trauner in the general election. Trauner ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Republican insurgent gives Wyoming senate incumbent a fight

August 18, 2018 - 11:30 am

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wealthy, political outsider who promises to put voters before out-of-state corporate interests takes on Wyoming's low-key U.S. Sen. John Barrasso in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Business investor and Stanford University lecturer Dave Dodson, of Jackson Hole, says he's motivated by a desire to get the influence of money and special interests out of politics.

Dodson has loaned his campaign $1 million of his own money and raised almost $400,000. That's helped pay for several television ads and multiple mailers outlining his priorities.

But it's not nearly as much as the $5 million Barrasso has raised this election cycle and the $2.5 million Barrasso has spent so far.

Four other Republicans are running, most notably former Roman Catholic priest Charlie Hardy, the Democratic nominee against Sen. Mike Enzi in 2014.