Liz Cheney loses primary but eyes political future, potential presidential run

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, at a primary Election Day gathering in Jackson, Wyo. Cheney lost to challenger Harriet Hageman in the primary. Cheney’s resounding election defeat marks an end of an era for the Republican Party. Her loss to Trump-backed challenger is the most high-profile political casualty yet as the GOP transforms into the party of Trump. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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In Tuesday’s Wyoming primary race, Rep. Liz Cheney lost to a Donald Trump-backed candidate, Harriet Hageman. During her concession speech, Cheney said she wasn’t willing to compromise her integrity to win the election:

“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73% of the vote. I could easily have done the same again, the path was clear. But it would’ve required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election. It would’ve required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system and attack the foundations of our Republic. That was a path I could not and would not take.”

Cheney, who sits on the January 6th committee looking into events that led up to the capital attack, is one of Trump’s biggest rivals. While she may be down, she’s definitely not out.

“This primary election is over. But now the real work begins,” Cheney said.

On Wednesday morning, she told NBC’s Today Show that she is thinking about running for president. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump. Of that group, four lost their primaries or decided not to run, and only two will be returning to Congress.


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