Come November, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-S.C.) will no longer be Wyoming’s chosen Representative in the state’s only seat in the House after she lost the primary to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.
Cheney’s bid was a longshot, with her loss being speculated for months after she became the most zealous critic of the former President following among elected Republicans.
She was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot; she later became one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 Select Committee, with the other Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL.) announcing he would not be seeking reelection to Congress.
Cheney was one of a small group of Trump’s elected arch-nemesis to decide to seek reelection, despite the odds stacked against her.
At 10 pm ET, NBC News and CBS News had called the race: Cheney lost.
Cheney was unsurprisingly defeated by RNC member and attorney Hageman, who will likely become the state’s sole representative in the House following the midterm elections.
After the race was called, Cheney announced to her supporters that she had called Hageman to concede the race.
In what appeared to be a dig at Trump, Cheney stated, “Our republic relies upon the goodwill of all candidates for office to accept honorably the outcome of elections. And tonight, Harriet Hageman has received the most votes in this primary. She won.”
The ousting of Cheney is a major win for Trump, who has largely succeeded in purging the House of the ten representatives that voted to impeach him.
Four decided against seeking reelection, four lost their primaries, with only two outliers winning their primaries: Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.).