Top Trump critic loses Congress seat — Analysis
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was ousted in the state’s primary race
Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney lost her bid to be re-elected after failing to perform in Wyoming’s state primary. Her opponent Harriet Hageman was able to appear to have won by a large margin.
With the vast majority of ballots in, Cheney took less than 30% of Tuesday night’s votes, with her GOP opponent Hageman securing more than 65%, NBC News reported, citing stats from the National Election Pool.
A major detractor of former President Donald Trump, Cheney lost out to a candidate with support from the ex-commander in chief, and argued that she may have fared better if she had been willing to echo Trump’s charge that the 2020 presidential race was marred by widespread fraud.
“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73% of the vote. I could easily have done the same again,”She told Jackson, Wyoming, a large crowd after she had admitted her loss. “The path was clear, but it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election.”
Cheney had been the number three ranked Republican in Congress. However, she lost substantial support from other Republicans after voting against Trump’s impeachment and accusing him for inciting the January 6th riots at the US Capitol. After her departure, Cheney joined the congressional inquiry into the incident and currently serves as vice chair.
Hageman declared victory through a prepared statement, saying that Tuesday’s vote “has put the elites on notice: We are no longer going to tolerate representatives who don’t represent us.”
Former President Trump also ran a victory lap after the race, hailing Hageman’s “decisive win”While declaring that Cheney “should be ashamed of herself.”
“Now [Cheney] can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now,”He added.
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However, with her final term set to end early next year, Cheney’s role on the January 6 panel will continue over the coming months.
Many will be surprised by the Wyoming primary results. Recent polls have shown that Cheney faces a significant uphill battle to defeat her Trump-backed opponent. A survey released last week predicted a 30-point gap between them.