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Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman — who was heavily backed by former President Donald Trump — won the GOP nomination for Wyoming’s congressional seat after embattled Rep. Liz Cheney conceded on Tuesday.
Cheney, who was down more than 30 percentage points when she said she called Hageman to concede, was the oldest of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president for inciting the the deadly January 6, 2021. attack on the Capitol, which was carried out by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt Congress’ certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election .
The conservative lawmaker and defense hawk immediately came under verbal attack from Trump and his allies, and in May last year she was ousted as the number three House GOP leader.
Trump, stepping up his efforts to oust Cheney from Congress, endorsed Hageman as she entered the Wyoming race last summer. The former president and his allies successfully urged some of the other anti-Cheney candidates to drop out of the primary and coalesce around Hageman.
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The former president traveled to Wyoming in late May to hold a large rally to boost Hageman. Trump, who remains the most popular and powerful politician in the GOP, won nearly 70% of the vote in Wyoming in the 2020 presidential election.
Hageman, a Wyoming native and 2018 gubernatorial candidate, was a former Cheney supporter and adviser who donated to the three-term congresswoman’s past campaigns. She is also a conservative lawyer who has fought for water, land and property rights.
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Cheney has stressed the importance of standing up for the nation’s democratic process and putting country before party, and is one of only two Republicans to serve on a special select committee organized by House Democrats investigating the riot at the Capitol. The committee made headlines and got a lot of national attention this summer as it held televised hearings.
Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, four decided not to seek another term in Congress. Of the six candidates seeking re-election, four were defeated in the GOP primaries, and two others advanced in November thanks in part to bidding in nonpartisan primaries where the top two advanced regardless of affiliation with a party. left.
Cheney – in comments made in recent weeks – appeared to be at peace that her primary defeat was a price she must pay to succeed in her greatest crusade to ensure Trump never returns to the White House.
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“I work hard to win every vote,” Cheney said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” late last month. She stressed: “Given the choice between maintaining my seat in the House of Representatives on the one hand or ensuring the survival of our constitutional republic and ensuring that the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I will choose the Constitution and the truth every weekday and twice on Sunday.