Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman for U.S. Congress to represent Wyoming in Washington. His endorsement will likely thin out the crowded Republican primary against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).
In a statement released Thursday, Donald Trump touted Hageman’s Wyoming bona fides as a fourth-generation “daughter of Wyoming” and described her as “a very successful attorney.”
The former president also mentioned that Harriet Hageman had already earned the endorsement of another prominent Wyoming Republican, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY).
Cynthia Lummis, the first woman to represent Wyoming in the United States Senate, is popular in her home state. She won the 2020 election after raising more money than all of her Republican and Democratic opponents combined. She defeated the Democratic Party’s nominee, Merav Ben-David, with 72% of the vote.
The Never Trump Republican lawmaker from Wyoming has seen a reversal of fortune. In 2019, when there was speculation about Liz Cheney running for the seat Cynthia Lummis now holds, a Montana State University poll found Liz Cheney walloping Cynthia Lummis by 20 points in a hypothetical matchup for the 2020 U.S. Senate seat.
Now Lummis has recently endorsed one of Liz Cheney’s opponents in her own party’s primary for her seat in the House of Representatives.
Getting the endorsement early in the race from a very popular, recently-elected, sitting senator of the same party and the former president will undoubtedly shake up the GOP’s primary for the Wyoming congressional race. And leave it a race between two leading contenders, the old guard’s incumbent, Liz Cheney, and the new party leadership’s pick, Harriet Hageman.
Donald Trump’s endorsement is especially resounding as the former president floats stronger trial balloons than ever since his November election loss for a potential third White House run in 2024. The president emphasized in his statement Thursday that Hageman is “strong on Crime and Borders,” cares for the military and veterans of foreign wars, and supports the second amendment.
Trump closed his endorsement with a parting quip calling Liz Cheney a RINO (an acronym meaning, “Republican in Name Only”) and assuring Wyoming voters that Harriet Hageman is for America First. After interviewing several officials and potential hopefuls to challenge Liz Cheney in the primary at his home in Florida, the former president diligently picked a candidate to endorse.
Though her father was once vice president in a Republican Party that ruled Washington with an iron grip in the aftermath of 9/11, Cheney has made herself the odd man out in the party by opposing its visible leader, Donald Trump, so relentlessly. She even voted to impeach her own party’s president when the Trump impeachment articles came up for a vote in 2020.
Today, with a survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates and published in the Washington Examiner, only 23% of respondents among the Republican primary voters polled said they would back Liz Cheney. Trump won the state by more than 45 points in 2016 when he ran for president.