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Cheney Projected to Lose Aug 16 Primary Election in Wyoming

NTD News
NTD News
Aug. 16, 2022, has been circled in bright red on former president Donald Trump’s calendar for nearly two years now. It’s the day he’s been waiting for—the day when Wyoming Republicans tell Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) what he told her during a May Casper rally: “Liz, you're fired.” Despite a massive fundraising advantage in the most expensive congressional campaign in Wyoming history, family name recognition, and a conservative voting record that aligned with Trump’s policies 93 percent of the time, Cheney is projected to lose her bid for a fourth term as the state’s lone congressional representative in the Aug. 16 GOP primary with Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman. Cheney has incurred the wrath of her constituents—70 percent of whom voted for Trump in 2020—for being among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him, serving as co-chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, and being among his most severe, unrelenting antagonists. In February 2021, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to censure her, and in May 2021, she was a deposed as Republican Conference chair by her House GOP colleagues. On Aug. 16, Trump is pushing voters to oust her completely from Congress. Hageman, raised on a ranch near Fort Laramie on the high plains of eastern Wyoming, is a Cheyenne natural resources attorney with a background in water rights and public lands litigation. She is currently a senior counsel for Washington-based New Civil Liberties Alliance, focusing on litigation related to environmental regulations. Hageman finished third in 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary, behind now-Gov. Mark Gordon and Trump-endorsed investor Foster Friess. In 2020, she was named Wyoming’s representative on the Republican National Committee. In August 2021, Hageman met with Trump at his Bedminster, N.J., golf resort. She was one of at least five potential Cheney challengers who visited with the former president in 2021, including state Rep. Chuck Gray (R-Casper). The next month, Hageman announced she was running for congress against Cheney with Trump’s hearty backing. 'Make It Count' "I strongly endorse Republican House of Representatives Candidate Harriet Hageman from Wyoming who is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican, Liz Cheney," Trump said in a Sept. 9, 2021, statement. "Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming's own Cynthia Lummis." To which Cheney responded on Twitter: "Here's a sound bite for you: Bring it." And Trump did, coming to Casper for a Memorial Day weekend rally on Hageman’s behalf. "Liz, you're fired," Trump said to raucous cheers. "Wyoming deserves a congresswoman who stands up for you and your values, not one who spends all of her time putting you down and going after your president in the most vicious way possible." Hageman has emphasized her Wyoming roots, her background in natural resources, water rights, and public lands policy, and Trump’s endorsement in a near-year campaign that has seen her travel 40,000 miles in visiting all 23 of the state’s counties repeatedly. “Wyoming has one [congressional] representative and we need to make it count” but has been hamstrung by an “absentee representative literally for over six years,” she told about 200 people in Lusk on Aug. 9. Cheney has been coined “the Virginian” by constituents who mock her for not qualifying as a state resident to get a fishing license. The Hageman campaign has produced a mock "Liz For Virginia" campaign website. Hageman has pledged to visit all 23 counties at least once a year if elected and to be “a representative who will champion Wyoming ideals. [Cheney] doesn’t know us. She never has. But I do.” Gap Is Widening Among her policy initiatives is a proposed “pilot program” to allot up to 1.5 million of the 30-million acres now under federal control in Wyoming “to the state so we could do a better job of managing” without the weighty regulations imposed by a matrix of agencies in Washington. In the past two w
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