Liz Cheney looks set to lose Congress seat to Trump backed rival

In a new piece of news, the committee, widely praised for protecting democracy during a January 6 hearing, is set to lose a seat in Congress on Tuesday to a rival backed by former US President Donald Trump.

Opinion polls show Cheney far behind conservative lawyer Harriet Heijman, who has echoed Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the Republican primary election to decide Wyoming’s lone member of the House of Representatives.

Heijman’s victory will continue a recent winning streak for Trump-backed candidates in Congress and the Republican Party’s founding blow to the Cheney House panel probing the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

He has used the committee’s televised hearings to single out Trump and members of his own party who remain loyal to him and his big lie. He also formed a central part of his re-election campaign for American democracy in Wyoming.

In a concluding video message, he said America cannot be free if we let go of the truth. The lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is a hoax that haunts people who love their country.

This is a door that Donald Trump opened to disobey the rule of law, to justify violence, to forfeit our freedoms, to abandon our principles, to manipulate our courts and our courts.

Cheney’s status as a staunch leader of the anti-Trump resistance has alienated many Wyoming Republicans, many of whom have accused him of having personal ambitions in Washington ahead of his constituents at home.

In a July 7 to 11 poll of potential primary voters published by Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune, he trailed Heijman by 52% to 30%, and a University of Wyoming poll put Heijman’s lead at 29 percentage points.

Supporters of Cheney, the 56-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, believe that if enough Democrats and independents cross over and vote for them, they still have a fighting chance that is allowed in the state’s primary system.

Political strategist Terry Sullivan, who managed Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign, treated Cheney’s defeat on Tuesday as “forecast” but sees his efforts as part of a bigger fight.

Liz Cheney is not running for re-election. She is fighting for the direction of the Republican Party, she told Reuters news agency, with some observers discussing whether Cheney should run a presidential campaign in 2024.

According to the FiveThirtyEight website, Cheney supported Trump’s agenda 93 percent of the time, but was dropped from the role of the No. 3 House Republican to vote for impeachment on charges of inciting the January 6 Capitol attack.

She was one of 10 House Republicans to do so and took an oath to avenge the former president’s wrath and Alaska voters will also determine whether former governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin supports Trump for the state’s lone House seat.

Palin finished first out of 48 candidates to qualify for the special election, 49 years after Congressman Don Young sought to replace Alaska’s only House member who died at the age of 88.

Palin is on the ballot twice on Tuesday, once to serve Young’s term in a special election and another for a full two-year House term that begins in January for candidates Trump has endorsed this election season.

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