Conservative congresswoman Liz Cheney, who has gained great notoriety over the last year and a half for directly confronting former President Donald Trump, has lost this Tuesday in the Republican primaries and will not be eligible for re-election in November.
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According to projections by the major US media, Cheney has lost the battle to represent Wyoming by a wide margin of more than 30 percentage points against the candidate the former president supports, Harriet Hageman. The polls were already anticipating Cheney’s defeat.
The still congresswoman has recognized the defeat and has assured that, although the primaries have already finished, “the real work begins now”. Cheney intends to continue to fight publicly and privately against the influence that Trump continues to exert in the Republican Party.
“I could have easily won this election if I had accepted President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election,” said the congresswoman. “I would have assumed that he would allow efforts to dismantle the democratic system and to attack the foundations of our republic. It was a path that I was not going to follow.”
Cheney is one of two Republican representatives who are part of the congressional committee that investigates the assault on Capitol Hill by thousands of supporters of the former president. A committee, promoted by the Democrats, that has given Cheney great prominence, shooting up her national profile and the anger of Trump and her supporters.
In Wyoming, a state with a small population and a strong conservative tendency, Trump won the 2020 presidential election with the support of seven out of ten citizens and took a 43 percentage point advantage over Democrat Joe Biden.
Cheney, the daughter of George W. Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, is Trump’s latest Republican “victim.” The majority of conservative congressmen who, like her, voted in favor of impeaching Trump after the assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, have also lost in primaries or have announced that they are leaving politics.
Tuesday’s result shows that the former president, whose candidacy for the 2024 presidential election seems likely, continues to have strong support among the base of the Republican Party.