Trump-backed Hageman ousts Cheney in Wyoming’s GOP congressional primary

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Cheney was the most high-profile of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol

Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman — who was heavily supported by former President Donald Trump — has captured the GOP nomination for Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat after embattled Rep. Liz Cheney conceded Tuesday.

Cheney, who was losing by more than 30 percentage points when she said she called Hageman to concede, was the most senior of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, which was waged by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt congressional 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 of last year, she was ousted from her number-three House GOP leadership position.

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, but not all, of the other anti-Cheney candidates to drop out of the primary and coalesce around Hageman. 

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, captured nearly 70% of the vote in Wyoming in the 2020 presidential election.

Hageman, a Wyoming native and a 2018 gubernatorial candidate, was a former Cheney supporter and adviser who donated to the three-term congresswoman’s past campaigns. She’s also a conservative lawyer who’s fought for water, land and property rights.

By Paul Steinhause

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