Proving that all politics is ultimately local, Wyoming Republicans seem ready to show U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney the door.
On Thursday, the right-leaning Club for Growth released a poll of Wyoming’s GOP primary, which almost assuredly will determine who represents the state in Congress, given that it has just one House seat.
Cheney – the viciously anti-Trump incumbent who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – is getting shellacked.
Cheney trails challenger Harriet Hageman, a lawyer who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, by 30 points.
Hageman is supported by 56 percent of the 400 voters who responded to the poll. Cheney notched 26 percent, while state Sen. Anthony Bouchard picked up 12 percent.
In other words, at least 68 percent of those polled want Cheney out.
The poll should not be all that surprising.
While Cheney has racked up massive campaign cash – she had $6.8 million in hand on March 31, almost seven times that of Hageman – and endorsements from inside-the-Beltway “conservatives,” she has broadly alienated the people who matter most in this context: Republicans in Wyoming. Which was a state that went for Trump in 2020 by a more than 2-1 margin over Joe Biden.
She has been formally censured by the state party. A year ago, the Club for Growth released a poll that showed 52 percent of GOP voters in Wyoming would vote for anyone else over Cheney. House Republicans also booted her from her leadership post.
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That poll came after Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for Trump’s impeachment over the Jan. 6, 2021, riot, but before she formally accepted Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to sit on the special committee investigating the incident.
In March, more than 100 House GOP lawmakers who serve alongside Cheney agreed to host a fundraiser for Hagemen.
As Politico noted on Friday in a piece about the Club for Growth poll, Cheney’s last, best hope is “to expand the electorate beyond the traditional Republican voters,” which means getting support from Democrats and independents.
Politico noted that the Club for Growth poll included some Democrats and independents. Still, she trailed Hageman miserably.