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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:20 GMT
Wyoming

There should not be any surprises about the Wyoming vote.

Key facts
Population: 480,907 (ranked 50 among states)
Governor: Jim Geringer (R)
Electoral College votes: 3
As a secluded, introspective place, the state naturally leans Republican and has not elected a Democrat to Congress since 1976. President Clinton's active environmental policies did not endear him to Wyoming voters and Republican dominance continued in the 1990s.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 1 Republican
Senate: 2 Republicans
When Mr Clinton asked his advisor Dick Morris to pick the most politically advantageous place for a presidential vacation, Morris chose Wyoming.

Wyoming is classic cowboy country with a beautiful, thinly populated landscape, 13,000 feet mountains, open plains and expansive skies. But present-day Wyoming relies more on minerals and mining than cowboys and cattle.

Voting record
1996: Dole 50%, Clinton 37%, Perot 12%
1992: Bush 40%, Clinton 34%, Perot 26%
1988: Bush 61%, Dukakis 38%
The oil price slumps of the early 1980s and late 1990s led to intensified production of other minerals and now Wyoming produces 30% of the USA's coal. Its low-sulphur coal is highly valued in the wake of the Clean Air Act and the state is also the fourth biggest producer of oil.

Tourism is also essential to the economy. Millions of people flock to Yellowstone National Park each year and Jackson Hole in the south is now one of America's best all-year resorts.

But skilled jobs in Wyoming are scarce and 50% of college graduates leave the state because of lack of employment.

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