Ahead of Wyoming’s primary election on Tuesday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) released her final campaign ad video, which sounds more like a concession speech. Cheney’s numbers have been trailing in the polls, likely a symptom of her unrelenting pursuit of former president Donald Trump in the January 6 hearings.
The incumbent has been in office since 2016, and she has served as the sole House representative from Wyoming. A poll from Thursday shows Cheney with 28% support from voters, while 57% support rival Harriet Hageman.
Her final campaign ad focuses on lies circulating since the 2020 election and the importance of upholding American democracy, somewhat reminiscent of her stance in the January 6 hearings. “America cannot remain free if we abandon the truth,” Cheney said. “The lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is insidious, it preys on those who love their country, it is a door Donald Trump opened to manipulate Americans to abandon their principles, to sacrifice their freedom, to justify violence, to ignore the rulings of our courts and the rule of law.”
The New York Times pointed out that Trump won 70% of the vote in Wyoming in the 2020 election. Despite this, Cheney has left no room for doubt in her condemnation of the former president’s inaction during the Capitol attack in the January 6 investigation, and was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump a second time. Consequently, Trump has made defeating Cheney a top priority for any and all politicians wanting his coveted alt-right endorsement.
“If the cost of standing up for the Constitution is losing the House seat, then that’s a price I’m willing to pay,” Cheney said earlier this month.