Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is nearly 30 points underwater in the fight to win the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat.
What are the details?
A new poll conducted by the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center shows that Cheney trails her main opponent, Republican Harriet Hageman, by 29.6% among voters who will likely vote in the Republican primary next week.
The data, when broken down along party lines, is telling.
The survey found that among Republicans Cheney trails Hageman by more than 50 points — 68.1% to 15.4%. Among Democratic voters, however, 97.8% support Cheney, while just 2.2% support Hageman.
The poll results are shocking for an incumbent Republican who once enjoyed broad support as a leader among House Republicans.
However, Cheney’s outspoken opposition to former President Donald Trump, and her position as the ranking member on the House committee investigating Jan. 6., have tarnished her standing among Wyoming voters, which are overwhelmingly Republican.
CNN recently interviewed Wyoming voters about Cheney — and they all bashed her. Voters described Cheney as “an embarrassment” and said she has “lost touch with the values of the people.” Others said Cheney has “done us dirty,” while another voter told CNN they “wouldn’t vote for [Cheney] if she was the last candidate out there.”
Cheney’s re-election prospects are so dismal that Democrats are now urging their own Wyoming voters to support Cheney.
In a recent video, for example, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) urged Wyoming voters to “please consider temporarily switching parties and voting for Liz Cheney on or by August 16th.”
In another video, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) said Wyoming Democrats could put “country over party … by registering to vote for [Cheney] in the Republican primary.”
For her part, Cheney told the New York Times that she is OK losing re-election because she feels she has done the right thing.
“If the cost of standing up for the Constitution is losing the House seat, then that’s a price I’m willing to pay,” she told the newspaper.