Republican Liz Cheney’s primary defeat in Wyoming is Trump’s biggest midterm victory to date.
Trump had endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman, who defeated Cheney on Tuesday evening.
Cheney joined three other House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump and lost their primary bids.
Former President Donald Trump strengthened his grip on the Republican Party on Tuesday evening with the primary defeat of Rep. Liz Cheney in Wyoming.
According to Decision Desk HQ and insider estimates, Harriet Hageman, a Trump-backed lawyer, beat Cheney.
Cheney, who has held Wyoming’s only congressional seat for five years, was a prime target in Trump’s vendetta to purge the Republican Party of members he considers disloyal. She was the highest ranking Republican to vote to impeach him during the January 6, 2021 impeachment trial and has been one of his most vocal critics ever since. As vice chairman of the House committee investigating the Capitol attack, Cheney has pushed back on Trump’s 2020 election lies and tried to portray him as a threat to the country. His loss in Wyoming gave Trump his biggest primary victory of the year.
Cheney faced an uphill battle to hold on to his seat amid Trump’s campaign to oust him and his lack of broad support among Republicans in Wyoming and in Congress. Polls found Hageman with a double-digit lead over Cheney ahead of the race.
Cheney joined three other House Republicans who voted to impeach the former president and lost their primary bids against Trump-backed challengers in recent weeks.
A member of a political dynasty as the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, the congresswoman’s loss also marks the end of a long winning streak for Cheney in Wyoming. Still, Cheney’s allies believe he still has a future in politics, representing an anti-Trump voice.
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