Cheney Election

August 17, 2022
Picture of the Grand Teton mountain range.

The reality is, Cheney has remained faithful to who she’s been, and the party has changed.

Former senior Republican House aid, Doug Heye, on the defeat of Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the Wyoming primary.

Bottom Line: Cheney will not appear on the ballot in November, replaced instead by attorney Harriet Hagemen. With a majority of Republican voters, Wyoming will almost certainly elect Hagemen to Congress in November.

Why It Matters: Wyoming will not only have a new representative in the House of Representatives, but this election de-thrones one of the Republican party's most ardent critics of President Trump. Prognosticators look to Wyoming for clues about the identity of the Republican party and the enthusiasm of voters to support the former president, as well as the power of Pres. Trump to influence the midterm elections.

  • During her concession speech, Congresswoman Cheney emphasized her dedication in investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, and repeated her criticism of Pres. Trump and her desire to to keep him from office: "We cannot abandon the truth and remain a free nation."
  • During her victory speech, Republican nominee for Congress and attorney Harriet Hageman said, "… Wyoming has shown today is that while it may not be easy, we can dislodge entrenched politicians who believe they have risen above the people they are supposed to represent and serve."

Two good reads on this topic:

What Liz Cheney’s Lopsided Loss Says About the State of the G.O.P.

Liz Cheney Concedes to Trump-Backed Challenger in Wyoming Primary

Quick Video with highlights from the candidates victory speeches:

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