Rep. Liz Cheney lost her Republican primary in Wyoming Tuesday night to Harriet Hageman, her rival backed by former President Donald Trump, according to projections by Decision Desk HQ and Insider. Polls closed at 7 pm local time.
The race and what is at stake
Cheney, once a candidate for re-election in Wyoming, faced an uphill battle as Trump and his allies sought to oust her from office. She voted to impeach him last year for the attack on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, and remained a fierce critic of the former president, leading him to berate Cheney and endorse Hageman.
Hageman is a local natural resources attorney in Wyoming and a former member of the Republican National Committee. Once an ally of Cheney, became a loyal Trump supporter and has harshly attacked the incumbent congresswoman. Hageman has received support from pro-Trump lawmakers statewide and nationally, and has raised about $4 million. pre-election polls showed Hageman with a commanding lead about Cheney, who has represented Wyoming for five years with a solidly conservative record.
Cheney had been endorsed by high-profile state Republican officials and GOPers, including former House Speaker Paul Ryan and former President George W. Bush. He raised about $15 million for his re-election bid, an unusually high amount for a House race.
The primary largely represented a test of Trump’s influence over the Republican Party. Other Cheney rivals included state senator Anthony Bouchard, military veteran Denton Knapp and Robyn Belinskey, a small business owner.
State legislative and gubernatorial primaries
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