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McCain has history on his side in Wyoming
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by his wife Cindy, places his ballot into a box while voting in the 2008 presidential election at the Albright United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.

CHEYENNE - Republican John McCain has history on his side when it comes to Wyoming, as the state's voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for president.

The state has voted for every Republican presidential candidate since 1968. And a recent poll showed McCain with a comfortable lead over Barack Obama.

At stake were three electoral votes. Also on the ballot were Libertarian Bob Barr and independents Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin.

During the campaign, Obama did not concede Wyoming to McCain. Obama opened up a campaign office in the state and hired a small staff. He visited the state during the primary.

Meanwhile, McCain did not make a trip to Wyoming and did not win any delegates during the state's GOP caucuses. He relied on state Republicans to share his message.

Wyoming last voted for a Democrat when Lyndon Johnson won a landslide victory over Barry Goldwater. Before 1964, it had endorsed the GOP candidate 11 times and the Democrat seven times.

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Since then Republicans have enjoyed strong support in the state.

McCain's wife, Cindy, made one campaign stop on behalf of her husband, and Vice President Dick Cheney stumped for McCain and the state's Republican congressional candidates during a trip last weekend.

The Obama campaign seized on Cheney's words of support for McCain during the visit and quickly produced a national TV ad that fit into its overall strategy to link McCain with the Bush administration.

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