Liz Cheney Loses GOP Primary to Trump-Endorsed Harriet Hageman

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has been defeated by President Donald Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman in the high-profile Republican primary for the lone House seat in Wyoming.

As a deep red state, the winner of the GOP primary is a lock to win the general election and secure a place in Congress.

Dave Wasserman, from Cook Political, made the call: “I’ve seen enough: Harriet Hageman (R) defeats Rep. Liz Cheney (R) in the #WYAL GOP primary.”

Before the inevitable results came in, Cheney said she planned to continue the “battle” that has destroyed her career.

“Today, no matter what the outcome is, is certainly the beginning of a battle that is going to continue,” Cheney told CBS News after casting her vote Tuesday.

“We’re facing a moment where our democracy really is under attack and under threat.

“And those of us across the board — Republicans, Democrats, and independents who believe deeply in freedom and who care about the Constitution and the future of the country — have an obligation to put that above party.”

President Trump predicted that the media would attempt to downplay his influence over the primaries.

“If Liz Cheney loses tonight, the Fake News Media will do everything within their power to play it down and pretend that it was not a referendum on the Unselects – That it was no big deal,” Trump said earlier.

“Actually, it would be a very big deal, one of the biggest!”

As Slay News reported, the doomed congresswoman’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, released an ad for his daughter’s campaign.

However, after calling Trump a “coward” who “tried to steal the last election,” Dick Cheney’s message likely did more harm than good.

“There is nothing more important she will ever do than lead the effort to make sure Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office,” Dick Cheney said in the ad.

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According to ABC:

The daughter of a longtime Wyoming state legislator, Hageman, 59, was born and raised on a small ranch outside Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

She’s married to Cheyenne-based malpractice attorney John Sundhal.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming and a juris doctor degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law, she worked as a law clerk for federal appeals judge before building a decades-long career as a water and natural resources lawyer throughout Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado.

Hageman has long sparred with environmentalists over her anti-conservation record, a background that earned her the title “Wicked Witch of the West” — something she embraced. 

She became known in Wyoming for suing federal agencies over land use decisions and a successful battle to end a Clinton-era policy to halt road construction on millions of acres of federal land.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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