The congresswoman held the Wyoming general district for five years and faced a handful of Republicans, including Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman, who backed Cheney but embraced the former president’s agenda. Trump’s picks in other primaries this year have suffered notable defeats, but Cheney faces particular anger from Trump and his base as one of his most outspoken critics of the GOP. And many local activists in the state have strongly turned against the congresswoman.
Under Wyoming law, voters can change their party affiliation no later than 14 days before the primary — or do so either at their polling place on primary day or when requesting an absentee ballot . The law offers Cheney a chance to appeal to a broader universe of voters, including some who might be reluctant to see a Trump-backed candidate take his seat in a state where Democrats have little chance in the general election. , due to the strong conservative Wyoming. inclination.
But even Cheney’s supporters in Wyoming say there simply aren’t enough Democratic voters in the state to put her on top in the Aug. 16 primary. In 2018, about 115,000 votes were cast in the GOP primary, while only 17,000 voted in the Democratic primary. Instead, they said, she needs to focus on highlighting Republicans who rarely vote in state primaries.
“If Liz Cheney is looking to get Democratic votes, she can’t feel very good about her chances with the Republicans,” Dean Ferguson, spokesman for the Democratic Party in the state, said Thursday. He said senders started popping up about a day ago and he’s only heard of Democrats receiving them. The shippers were first reported by The New York Times.
Ferguson also said that many Democrats don’t want to vote for Cheney, even though they appreciate her “standing up against the ‘big lie.'” He noted that she voted with Trump more than 90% of the time. and added, “She doesn’t share our values.”
Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for Cheney, said in a statement Thursday that “Liz is proud to represent all Wyoming people and works hard to earn every vote.”
Rep. Liz Cheney Tells Americans Why Jan. 6 Should Terrify Them
Once the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, Cheney was ousted from the leadership after repeatedly slamming Trump for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Cheney is now deputy chair of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, pro-Trump mob attack on the U.S. Capitol that disrupted vote certification. “There will come a time when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain,” she told fellow Republicans this month at the start of congressional hearings.
Hageman’s campaign manager, Carly Miller, said in a statement that Republicans are “fed up” with Cheney. “What Cheney doesn’t understand is that Democrats will drop her as a bad habit after she’s no longer useful to them on the Jan. 6 Committee,” Miller said.
A person involved in the Hageman campaign previously told the Washington Post that Cheney could win if enough Democrats cross: “If it’s 20 percent, that’s fine; if it’s 30%, it’s getting closer,” the person said. People familiar with Cheney’s strategy said at the time that his team did not pursue cross-voting.
At an event this month in Cheyenne, Cheney began his remarks by welcoming “new friends and new faces” to an event with supporters – a nod to the presence of at least one local Democrat. and a few independents and moderate Republicans who had not previously supported her. political campaigns.
Tammy Johnson, a local union official and “mostly a lifelong Democrat,” told Cheney that “many of my Democratic friends or swing voters are happy to support you.”
“Never mind the party; it’s important for you and for what you stood for,” she said.
Tim Stubson, a former State House representative who lost to Cheney in the 2016 primary, said this month the cross-vote was unlikely to influence the race, echoing others. “Every Democrat jumps ship and votes in the Republican primary, and voting for Liz is still a pretty small segment of the voting population,” Stubson said.