Cheney raises $1.7 million in third quarter

Cheney raises $1.7 million in third quarter
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Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous Trump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims Two Fox News contributors quit over Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary MORE (R-Wyo.) raised $1.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 as she faces off against a Trump-backed primary challenger in her reelection bid. 

The quarterly fundraising haul is the second largest she has ever raised for a three-month period, just shy of her personal $1.9 million record, which she achieved in the second quarter of 2021.

Cheney’s campaign said she finished the quarter with nearly $3.7 million in the bank, having raised over $5 million in total this year.

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“Rep. Cheney continues to receive historic levels of support because she is upholding her oath to the Constitution, delivering for the people she represents in Wyoming, and offering a serious path forward for the Republican Party," Amy Edmonds, a senior adviser for Cheney’s campaign, said in a statement.

"She is humbled that so many are standing with her in this fight and she will never waver in her commitment to Wyoming or her determination to do what’s right for our country,” she added. 

The campaign’s latest fundraising haul was first reported by The Casper Star-Tribune.

Strong fundraising will likely be key for Cheney to overcome a primary challenge from Harriet Hageman, a lawyer and erstwhile ally who is running with former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE’s endorsement. 

Cheney infuriated the GOP base earlier this year when she voted to impeach Trump over his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. She has continued to lambast him since he left office, further fueling anger against her both from the GOP grassroots and Trump’s orbit. 

Allies of the former president have come out strong against Cheney, and Hageman is expected to be exorbitantly well-funded. Some of Cheney’s allies are also getting off the bench, including former President George W. Bush, who will hold a fundraiser for her later this month.

Hageman, who launched her campaign last month, has not yet disclosed her early fundraising figures.