Liz Cheney wins Wyoming GOP primary in reelection bid

Liz Cheney wins Wyoming GOP primary in reelection bid
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Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneySteve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments MORE glided to victory in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat, clearing the way for her election to a third term in the deep-red state.

Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican and highest-ranking woman in GOP leadership, defeated rival Blake Stanley at 8:16 MDT, according to The Associated Press. She will face Democrat Merav Ben-David in November. 

Cheney has quickly risen through the ranks to become the GOP conference chairwoman, but her primary win comes just weeks after she clashed with fellow Republican lawmakers at a closed-door caucus meeting.


Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCongressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created? MORE (R-Fla.), Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas GOP lawmaker praises Kyle Rittenhouse's 'restraint' for not emptying magazine during shooting MORE (R-Ky.) and other conservatives criticized Cheney for donating to Massie’s primary opponent and went after her past criticisms of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE’s policies as well as her support for Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Whatever happened to Deborah Birx? Infectious disease expert calls White House advisers herd immunity claims 'pseudoscience' MORE, the government’s top infectious disease expert.

The Republicans argued Cheney's response was antagonistic and led others to join the criticism. Some lawmakers told The Hill the heated exchange could hinder Cheney’s further rise in the GOP leadership.

Cheney decided early this year not to run for an open Senate seat in Wyoming and to instead pursue reelection in the House, prompting speculation among GOP colleagues about a potential run for Speaker some day.