Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney was soundly defeated in a state GOP straw poll by Trump-endorsed candidate Harriet Hageman on Saturday.
Hageman defeated Cheney in a 59 to six vote. A total of 74 total votes were cast in the secret straw poll.
“I think it’s a good sign. It’s not an endorsement, but these are the county activists” Hageman told the Star-Tribune after the vote.
A spokesperson for Cheney offered a brief response to the report.
“The only elections that matter are in August and November,” Jeremy Adler, a spokesperson for the Cheney campaign, said in response to the Star-Tribune news.
The state’s primary is scheduled for August, leaving seven months for Hageman to continue building support to unseat the reigning congresswoman known for her anti-Trump views.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump after the actions of January 6. In addition, Cheney accepted an invitation to serve on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) House select committee on January 6, despite House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rejecting his party’s involvement.
McCarthy objected to Republicans being involved in the committee after Pelosi rejected two of his recommended House members from participating on the committee: Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks.
The committee moved forward without McCarthy’s support, despite the original plans to include at least five Republicans on the 13-member committee. Cheney soon joined the group, later followed by Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who also voted to impeach Trump.
The Wyoming Republican Party voted in November to stop recognizing Cheney as a member of the party.
“The 31-29 vote Saturday in Buffalo, Wyoming, by the state party central committee followed votes by local GOP officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican,” the Associated Press reported. “In February, the Wyoming GOP central committee voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney, Wyoming’s lone U.S. representative, for voting to impeach Trump.”
The Daily Wire previously reported on Trump’s endorsement of Hageman in September:
Former President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman in her expected primary challenge against Republican Rep. Liz Cheney.
“I strongly endorse Republican House of Representatives Candidate Harriet Hageman from Wyoming who is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican, Liz Cheney,” Trump said in a statement.
“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis. Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which [President Joe] Biden has already given up). Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!”