Congresswoman has vowed to block Trump from the Oval Office, but new investigation suggests she’ll rock the election her way
US Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) has flirted with running for president, allegedly to prevent Donald Trump from getting his old job back, but a new poll suggests her bid would ensure the former commander-in-chief defeats the incumbent Democrat Joe Biden in 2024.
Biden would lose about a third of his support from Democrats and independents if voters had a non-Trump option, even if that candidate was a Republican, according to a Yahoo/YouGov poll released Tuesday. The incumbent would win a head-to-head matchup with Trump by a narrow margin, 42% to 39%, the survey showed, but with Cheney as the independent candidate, the ex-president would beat Biden by eight percentage points, 37 -29.
“She could single-handedly tip the election to Trump,” says Yahoo News.
Cheney’s potential spoiler role would be ironic, as she voted to impeach Trump and blamed him for inciting the January 2021 US Capitol riot. A Trump-backed candidate has assured that Cheney will not return not in Congress, beating her by nearly 40 percentage points in Wyoming’s Republican primary last week. Cheney reacted by comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, the most popular president in American history, and promising to do “everything to make sure Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again.”
Ultimately, American voters don’t particularly want to see any of the three politicians run for president in 2024. Only 20% of American adults, including 38% of Democrats, think Biden should run for re-election, the Yahoo/YouGov poll showed. About 28%, including 57% of Republicans, would like to see Trump run again. Only 19%, including 10% of Americans from his own party, said Cheney should enter the race.
Cheney would likely need to run as a third-party candidate as she appears to have little chance of winning the Republican nomination. In a three-way Republican primary including Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Cheney, the congresswoman would win just 6% of the vote, according to the poll. Poll respondents preferred Trump over DeSantis by a 50-32 margin.
However, among independent voters, who tend to decide elections in America’s polarized political system, DeSantis is favored over Trump by a 38-36 margin. In a two-way race, Trump holds a 39-32 lead over Biden among independents.
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