Democrat defeats Republican leader who supported Trump's impeachment in Wyoming primary

The third-term congresswoman and her supporters had low expectations for the day because they knew that Harriet Hageman had benefited greatly from Trump's support in the state.

Liz Cheney, who was Donald Trump's fiercest Republican critic in Congress, lost in a GOP primary on Tuesday to a challenger endorsed by the former president, strengthening his hold on the party's grassroots.


The third-term congresswoman and her allies had low expectations for the day going into it since they knew that Harriet Hageman would benefit greatly from Trump's support in the state where he won by the widest margin in the 2020 election. Cheney was already considering her political options beyond Capitol Hill, one of which might be a bid for the presidency in 2024, putting her on a potential collision course with Trump once more.


Speaking to a small group of supporters, including her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, on the edge of a large field bordered by mountains and hay bales, Cheney framed her loss as the start of a new chapter in her political career.


We still have a lot of work to do, she added Tuesday night. She subsequently said, teasing a potential run for president, "I have maintained since January 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office — and I mean it.


Many of the enthusiastic Hageman followers were sporting cowboy boots, hats, and blue jeans as they congregated at a sizable outdoor rodeo and Western culture celebration in Cheyenne, 400 miles to the east.


We're all very appreciative to President Trump for realizing that Wyoming only has one congressional representative and that we need to make it matter, according to Hageman.


The outcomes served as a stark reminder of the GOP's recent rightward movement. As a result of his populist appeal and, most importantly, his denial of defeat in the 2020 election, Trump has taken control of a party that was formerly ruled by national security-focused, business-friendly conservatives like her father.


Hageman, an attorney for the ranching sector, erroneously claimed the 2020 election was "rigged" as she courted Trump supporters.


Such lies turned Cheney from a sporadic critic of the former president to the most outspoken voice within the GOP warning that he represents a threat to democratic norms. These lies have been roundly rejected by federal and state election officials along with Trump's attorney general and judges he appointed.


Trump and his team praised Cheney's defeat from a distance after decrying the FBI on social media for the majority of the day. Eight days prior, 11 sets of classified records were retrieved from his Florida state by federal authorities carrying out a search order.


Trump referred to Cheney's defeat as "a total repudiation" of the House committee looking into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The vice chair of the panel is Cheney.


He posted on his social media platform that Liz Cheney "should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her hateful, sanctimonious comments and actions towards others." She can finally vanish into political obscurity at this point, where I'm sure she'll be much happier than she is now. Many thanks, Wyoming!


Just two years ago, it would have been impossible for Cheney to lose. She is the daughter of a former vice president and comes from one of Wyoming's most illustrious political families. Additionally, she was the third-ranking House Republican in Washington, an important voice in GOP politics and policy with a distinguished history of voting conservatively.


But following the mob of Trump supporters' assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Cheney voted to impeach the president and made it her top priority to make sure he never again holds the office of president. She overcame GOP criticism and threats to her life to lead the House panel looking into Trump's involvement in the uprising.


Now, Cheney will be compelled to leave Congress after her third and last term in January. She is not anticipated to depart Capitol Hill without a fuss.


She will stay in charge of the congressional group looking into the attack on January 6 until the end of the year. And as a Republican, she is actively thinking about running for president in 2024. She pledged to utilize every legal means to counter Trump's influence within her party in her run for the White House, whether as a Republican or independent.


So far, it is a one-sided fight.


Before the November midterm elections, Trump and his style of hard-line politics were shown to have enduring support in the primaries held on Tuesday in Wyoming and, to a lesser extent, Alaska. In general election contests from Pennsylvania to Arizona, the former president has so far assisted in the installation of supporters who repeat his conspiratorial notions.


Another Trump supporter from Alaska, former Governor Sarah Palin, wanted to enter the national spotlight on Tuesday.


In reality, the 58-year-old vice presidential candidate for 2008 ran twice: once in a special election to finish the term of former Rep. Don Young and again for a full two-year House term beginning in January.


Even after voting to convict the former president in his second impeachment trial, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a frequent Trump opponent, had a chance to escape the former president's wrath on the other side of the GOP's tent. No of their party affiliation, Alaska's top four Senate candidates will advance to the general election in November when voters will rank them in order of preference.


With Cheney’s loss, Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are going extinct.


In all, after Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress attempted to recognize President Joe Biden's victory, seven Republican senators and ten Republican members of the House supported the president's impeachment. Only two of those 10 House candidates have prevailed in this year's primaries. Murkowski is still the only such Senate Republican on this year's ballot after retiring from the Senate twice.


Cheney had to turn to the state's minuscule Democratic minority for help in Wyoming. Major donors to the Democratic Party in America, though, took notice. She raised an astonishing $15 million for her campaign, which is a huge sum for a Wyoming political race.


But it was impossible to overcome Wyoming's heavily Republican electorate due to its nature. 285,000 people were registered to vote in Wyoming as of August 1, 2022, including 40,000 Democrats and 208,000 Republicans. In both 2016 and 2020, Trump received approximately 70% of the vote.


Expect Cheney to lose Wyoming's three electoral votes if she decides to run for president in the future, whether as a Republican or an independent.


"We support Trump. Chester Barkell, a Cheyenne voter, said of Cheney on Tuesday, "She tried to impeach Trump. I don't have faith in Liz Cheney.


Additionally, Dan Winder, a Republican voter in Jackson, claimed that his congresswoman had abandoned him.


She turned around and voted against us, even though over 70% of Wyoming's voters supported the Republican candidate in the previous presidential election, according to hotel manager Winder. She was representing us, not herself.


There was no indication that Tuesday's elections were impacted in any way by the FBI's recent search of Trump's Florida resort.


Just last week, federal authorities took several sets of classified documents from Trump's residence, some of which were labeled "sensitive compartmented information," a special classification intended to safeguard the most vital national secrets. Republicans across the nation originally supported the former president, yet sentiment changed as additional information became available.


Republicans who oppose Trump across the nation applauded Cheney for her willingness to run against him while also expressing disappointment in her defeat.


What's surprising, according to Sarah Longwell, executive director of the Republican Accountability Project, is that she hasn't once faltered in the face of a defeat that was all but guaranteed. "We have been witnessing the emergence of a national American figure. Because she now feels bigger than it, it's funny how little the Wyoming election feels.


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