More Than 170 Wyoming Republicans Changed Party Affiliation After Capitol Siege

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

More than 170 Wyoming Republican voters changed their party affiliation following the invasion of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

Approximately 176 Republicans changed their party affiliation over the last month, according to a redacted change of party report provided to Cowboy State Daily by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office.

Of the Republicans who changed their affiliation, 33 switched to the Democratic Party.

Most of the others changed their party affiliation to independent, although a few changed to either the Libertarian or Constitution parties.

Wyoming Republican Party Chair Frank Eathorne did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Just over 200 Wyoming voters in total have changed their party affiliations in the last three weeks.

As of December, Wyoming had a total of 303,049 registered voters: 209,347 Republicans, 51,268 Democrats and 38,731 unaffiliated.

About 3,500 registered voters were affiliated with either the Libertarian or Constitution parties.

The attack on the U.S. Capitol was conducted by thousands who have been identified as supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The attack occurred the same day that Congress met to certify the Electoral College election results confirming Democrat Joe Biden as president.

The incident led to something of a division in Wyoming’s Republican Party with the state’s lone represenative, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, voting for Trump’s impeachment on allegations he incited the riot.

U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, meanwhile, both voted against conducting an impeachment trial in the Senate.

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