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Liz Cheney is filing for reelection in her congressional district and she’s already losing badly to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, according to a new poll of the candidates in her district:
Embattled GOP Rep. Liz Cheney is down 30 points in a new survey of her August primary conducted by the Club for Growth, which is backing her opponent.
The poll, which provides perhaps the starkest illustration yet of the political peril Cheney faces this year, shows Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman garnering 56 percent of the vote to the incumbent’s 26 percent in the GOP primary. A third Republican got 12 percent support, and just 6 percent are undecided.
Hageman was recruited and endorsed by former President Donald Trump in response to Cheney’s vote to impeach him last year alongside nine other House Republicans.
The race for Wyoming’s lone congressional district is one where the Club for Growth and Trump, who have quickly turned from allies to foils, are aligned. The poll, shared first with POLITICO, was conducted this week by WPA Intelligence, a Republican firm, ahead of Friday’s candidate filing deadline.
The polling reinforces another piece of data the Club for Growth released a year ago, which showed that 52 percent of Wyoming GOP primary voters were planning to vote against Cheney regardless of who challenges her.
Hageman, a one-time Cheney supporter, entered the race the fall of 2021 with Trump’s backing. Nearly all the other top contenders dropped out, lessening the likelihood that they would splinter the anti-Cheney vote and give the incumbent a path to a plurality victory.
Only one notable Republican remained — state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who took 12 percent in the Club for Growth poll. He has also garnered some unfavorable headlines during his campaign and was stripped of his committee assignments in the legislature for “a continued pattern of intimidating and disorderly conduct.”
I’m so glad she’s already losing and I really hope this holds true. I looked for previous polls on RCP for comparison but there haven’t been any.
Either way, this is good news.