U.S. House Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) faces a primary challenge from Harriet Hageman on the 16th of August. It doesn’t look good for the incumbent. The polling has consistently come back with Cheney losing to Hageman.
Cheney hasn’t really been running against Hageman, as her real opponent seems to be former President Donald Trump. Her latest ad featuring former Vice President Dick Cheney, her father, has him calling Trump the “greatest threat to our republic in American history”.
Cheney has no intent on changing parties, she defines herself as a Republican. She believes the GOP is sick, because of Trump’s influence, and it will take many election cycles for it to heal itself.
During an interview, she was recently asked if she would support Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, for president in 2024. She said she “would find it very difficult” to support DeSantis in a general election as she views him on the same page as the former president.
“I think that Ron DeSantis has lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump, and I think that’s very dangerous,” she stated.
Cheney, along with the other Republican congressmen who voted to impeach Trump have tried to make themselves look like martyrs over it.
Many of them decided they would not seek re-election (Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Fred Upton (R-MI), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), and John Katko (R-NY). Tom Rice (R-SC) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) have both lost their primaries, and Jaime Herrera Beutler is in limbo as her primary race is too close to call. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and David Valadao (R-CA) are the only ones who have successfully moved on to the general election set for November.
It doesn’t appear to many that Cheney is running against Hageman, she is solely focused on former President Trump. She is aware of how her battle against Trump appears to the public but she told CNN she doesn’t “expect to lose”.
She believes she is defending the constitution against the “threat” of Trump and if she loses her seat the sacrifice was worth it.
Trump won the state of Wyoming by 70% in 2020 while Cheney won her re-election by 69%. The current polling shows that it is very unlikely Cheney will make it to the general election.
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