On Tuesday (August 16), Rep. Liz Cheney has a narrow path to victory as she faces Trump-Backed contender Harriet Hageman for Wyoming’s only House seat.
Cheney has become one of former President Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics after being one of only 10 Republicans to vote to impeach the former President following Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The Wyoming lawmaker then became the vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating Trump’s involvement in Jan. 6.
Her criticism of Trump has led Cheney to become the primary target of Trump’s and his allies’ rhetoric surrounding Jan. 6.
Wyoming voters also seem to be siding with the former President over Cheney. Days before the primary is to be held polling shows Cheney trailing Hagerman, an attorney and the once informal adviser to Cheney, by just under 30 points.
Wyoming’s primary race has also become a focus for many pundits, who see the race as the ultimate test of Trump’s influence in the GOP.
Although Trump’s endorsements have had a varied success rate, if Trump’s preferred candidate also walks away with the victory, it’s confirmation those in the GOP need to prove Trump hasn’t lost any of his kingmaker capacity.
Despite the odds being stacked against her, Cheney has vowed to continue her fight against Trump and election disinformation regardless of Tuesday’s primary outcome.
One ally for the Wyoming lawmaker summed up the significance of the primary and hinted at Cheney’s political future, saying: “This race is the first battle in a much larger and longer war that Liz is going to win because the future of the country depends on it, and regardless of what the results in this election turn out to be, she is going to lead a broad coalition going forward of Americans across the political spectrum who will stand up for freedom and restore the foundational principles that Donald Trump continues to undermine.”