Casper Star-Tribune: With election nearing, governor candidates jockeyed for center stage in Thursday's debate

“Mark Gordon on a lot of issues doesn’t have serious or detailed plans,” Herdman said. “On education, he had 24 hours to think about this answer, and to not talk about specifics when the word ‘specific’ is mentioned three times in the question is interesting. And then, to say later in the debate we need to fund pre-K expansion … that’s a serious issue.”

Similarly, Dan Neal — a longtime Wyoming journalist who has run for elected office as a Democrat in the past — said he didn’t hear Gordon take advantage of opportunities to make distinctions between himself and Throne, and that he could have been “more interactive” about answering questions. Other answers he gave, like a brief answer where he said “he didn’t like taxes,” also raised some concern.