Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) is up for re-election this year. However, she’s facing a primary challenge — and her challenger has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Still, while that may be a setback for her, her opponent was just hit with something that even Trump’s support may not be able to negate: an open primary.
Cheney and her challenger, Harriet Hageman (R-WY), are running in a district that’s considered safely Republican — Cheney herself has won it with more than 60% of the vote in the last 3 elections. A registered Democrat in her district might, as such, decide that their best way to have a real say in their representation is to vote in the Republican primary.
Well, the Star Tribune reports that they’ll have that opportunity. A bill that would have prevented what’s called ‘crossover voting’ was being considered in the state, with Donald Trump sending out missives encouraging the support of it — but the bill died in the House Tuesday, after the House Appropriations Committee recommended against passing it, and the deadline for voting on it passed.
It’s a win for Cheney, since Republicans in her state have already shown significant support for Hageman. As Axios reports, Wyoming Republican State Central Committee held a straw poll in January, in which Cheney received 6 votes to Hageman’s 59. Though Cheney’s spokesperson dismissed the count, saying that the only polls that matter are the primary and general elections, it demonstrates right-wing sentiment against the sitting Congresswoman, after she voted for Trump’s impeachment, and joined the January 6th Committee as one of only two Republicans to help investigate the role of Trump and his inner circle in the attack on Congress.
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