The upcoming election of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney has drawn the attention of several major media outlets; “Liz Cheney is in trouble,” CNN’s Harry Enten said last week.
“Cheney should be considered the clear underdog in her bid to keep her seat,” according to Enten.
“We shouldn’t confuse adoring press attention and bipartisan credentials with popularity in the location where popularity will matter most for Cheney: Wyoming,” CNN said. “It’s no surprise that the betting markets give her a 10% chance of winning reelection.”
The New York Times has also sounded the alarm, reporting that Cheney is attempting to gain Democratic support in order to narrow her polling deficit against Trump-endorsed opponent Harriet Hageman.
According to recent polling, she entered the summer behind Harriet Hageman, her GOP opponent in the primary, which will be held August 16. Ms. Cheney’s campaign sent out mailers last month urging registered Democrats to change their party affiliation ahead of the election – a maneuver that would make it possible for them to cast a vote for her.
Even if it is successful, the move may endanger Ms. Cheney’s re-election bid in a state where registered Republicans vastly outnumber Democrats.
The presence of Cheney at the White House event was noted by USA Today, which called it “unprecedented.” “It’s unusual for a Republican member of Congress in the middle of a contentious primary to appear at a high-profile White House event hosted by a Democratic president,” the article stated. “But Cheney, the vice chair of the committee that’s investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol, is an exception.”
Finally, the piece prompted concerns about Cheney’s lack of support among Wyoming Republicans, as well as her popularity among Democrats: “Cheney is at odds with the majority of the Republican Party – and a sudden hero to a lot of liberals – warning last week that “Republicans can’t both be loyal to the Constitution and loyal to Donald Trump.”
Although Cheney is no longer a resident of Wyoming, her absence from Wyoming has been an issue for many voters. “She recognizes she needs to campaign and earn the confidence of voters,” state House member Landon Brown (R) stated in The Times.