Cheney Loses Primary Reelection Bid to Trump-Backed Hageman in Wyoming

Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney lost her bid Tuesday night for a fourth term, becoming the most high-profile Republican to vote to impeach former President Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and lose reelection this year.

Cheney was defeated by Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming GOP primary. The Associated Press officially called the race for Hageman at 10:21 p.m.

Cheney conceded the race, saying, “Tonight Harriet Hageman has received the most votes. … She has won.”

Her loss was widely expected, after trailing by double-digits for most of her campaign.

The 56-year-old Cheney’s congressional seat is the only one in Wyoming, and Hageman is expected to win in November, considering the state is regarded as one of the most conservative in the country. Trump won the state in 2020 with nearly 70% of the vote.

Cheney, among the most outspoken Trump critics, is also a vice chair of the Democrat-led House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Cheney is one of 10 congressional Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the riot. Four, including Cheney, have lost reelection in 2022. Three have retired and two have races upcoming.