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Hageman, Trump-backed Wyoming GOP lead challenger, slams Rep. Cheney for allegedly seeking Democratic votes


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The Wyoming candidate trying to unseat Representative Liz Cheney in the Republican congressional primary said the incumbent was trying to salvage her political career by seeking Democratic votes.

Harriet Hageman, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Wyoming’s only House seat, responded in a statement to Fox News after the New York Times reported that Cheney was encouraging Democrats to switch parties in order to vote in the Republican primaries next month. Many Democrats received letters with advice on switching parties from Cheney’s campaign, The New York Times reported Thursday.

“Liz Cheney promised she would not encourage Democrats to raid the Republican primary, but again she also swore to faithfully represent Wyoming and she broke that promise as well,” Hageman said.

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Challenger Harriet Hageman and Wyoming Rep Liz Cheney
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“Democrats don’t like Liz Cheney, and they’ll kick her out as soon as she’s no longer useful as an attack dog on the Jan. 6 Committee. And she’s burned all her Republican connections, so she really can’t to be effective for Wyoming. Reaching out to Democrats to try to save her own political life shows how desperate she is to hold on to power,” Hageman added.

A section on Cheney’s campaign website answers the question, “How do I change my party affiliation to register as a Republican so I can vote for Liz?” The website directs visitors to forms where they can change their party affiliation up to 14 days after the primary election, which will be held on August 2.

“You can also change your party affiliation at your polling place on primary or general election day, or when applying to vote by mail,” Cheney’s website says.

In February, Cheney told The Times that asking Democrats to switch parties to support her was out of the question.

“It’s not something I’ve considered, organized or will organize,” Cheney said at the time, saying she would “work hard for every vote.”

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Hageman, Trump-backed Wyoming GOP lead challenger, slams Rep. Cheney for allegedly seeking Democratic votes

Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Delivers Opening Remarks to the Jan. 6 Committee
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Hageman, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has made Cheney’s role on the January 6 Committee an important part of her campaign.

The committee argues in hearings this month that Trump not only inspired but also encouraged the violent January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., where Trump supporters stormed into the building as the Congress certified the results of the 2020 elections.

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Cheney and the January 6 Committee say Trump’s denial of the 2020 election results and his unsubstantiated belief that only massive fraud could have enabled President Joe Biden to win is a grave threat to democracy itself. .

Cheney presents herself as a constitutional conservative who fought for “everyday Wyomings” against crippling regulation and government excess.

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