Incumbent politicians dominated Wyoming's primary election Aug 21. Sen. Alan Simpson, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, overwhelmed two challengers by winning about 88 percent of the votes cast.

Kathy Helling, a political newcomer, won the Democratic Senate primary.

Gov. Mike Sullivan, a lawyer and petroleum engineer who in 1986 extended the Democrats' hold on the governorship to four terms, easily defeated challenger Ron Clingman.

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Governor Sullivan's opponent in November will be Jackson rancher Mary Mead, who defeated five-term Casper legislator Nyla Murphy.

Rep. Craig Thomas, who won a special election last April to fill the seat vacated by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, and Democratic challenger Pete Maxfield were both unopposed in the US House primaries.

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