Cheney must rely on anti-Trump and Democratic votes for re-election after Wyoming GOP drops her

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In an election where, by all accounts, the Republican loses, Bloomberg mentioned an underreported phenomenon that could affect the Republican primary for the state’s only House seat.

As co-chair of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, the Never Trump Cheney put herself in the precarious position of having to essentially rely on Democrats voting for her in Wyoming’s Republican primary for re-election.

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tough battle

It could be quite a gamble for Cheney if she openly woos Democrats. Wyoming is a deeply red state. Donald Trump won the state with 70% of the vote in 2020, compared to just 26% for Biden.

And yet, Cheney has made being anti-Trump his whole identity.

Bloomberg quotes one such possible Democrat crossover saying, “I didn’t support Liz before all of this because she’s a very conservative Republican — she voted with Trump 93% of the time — but I do now.”

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Bloomberg elaborates on Cheney’s chances noting, “Cheney will rely on the likes of Newman to save his political career in a state where Republicans hold a four-to-one record advantage over Democrats and Trump has won 70% of the voice in 2020.”

Additionally, his campaign coffers are filled from out of state, which Bloomberg says is a result of his membership on the Democrats’ Jan. 6 committee.

Cheney’s main challenger is attorney Harriet Hageman. Hageman was endorsed by Cheney’s nemesis Donald Trump and currently leads Cheney by 30 points.

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Cheney is no longer a friend of Republicans

In a tweet announcing his re-election bid, Cheney joked, “In Wyoming we know what it means to ride for the brand.” But if “the mark” is the GOP, they apparently washed their hands of it.

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Because Liz Cheney decided that Donald Trump was the hill she was going to die on, she lost her job as House GOP conference chair.

In November 2021, the Wyoming GOP voted to no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the Republican Party.

In February of this year, the Republican National Committee formally censured Cheney and fellow Jan. 6 Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their roles on the committee.

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A woman without a caucus?

While Liz Cheney should somehow pick up a win in August, she may be the dining room kid sitting on her own. She spent a lot of time calling fellow pro-Trump Republicans “pro-Putin,” “anti-Semites” and “white nationalists.”

This after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy endorsed Harriet Hageman in March.

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Cheney even seems to have adopted the Democratic rule of “never let a crisis go to waste.” Almost immediately after the horrific shooting at a Buffalo grocery store in May, Cheney joined the chorus on Twitter in accusing Republicans of “enabling white nationalism, white supremacy and anti-Semitism.”

Cheney doesn’t seem shocked to have been declared persona non grata by her own party. She said: “I will not hesitate or back down. I will not give in to pressure or intimidation. I know where to draw the line and I know some things are not for sale.

Watch out Liz, might feel lonely at the top.

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