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Politics What to watch: Cheney in trouble while Palin eyes comeback

09:21  15 august  2022
09:21  15 august  2022 Source:   msn.com

Cheney facing GOP music in Wyoming primary

  Cheney facing GOP music in Wyoming primary In a video Rep. Liz Cheney’s campaign touted as her closing argument ahead of Tuesday’s primary against a challenger backed by former President Donald Trump, the Wyoming Republican looks directly at the camera and says, “I want to talk to citizens across our great state and all across our country.” The message is clear: With […] The post Cheney facing GOP music in Wyoming primary appeared first on Roll Call.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elections in Wyoming and Alaska on Tuesday could relaunch the political career of a former Republican star and effectively end the career of another — at least for now.

FILE - Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., arrives after a break as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2022. Cheney's determination to prevent Trump from ever again serving in the White House has left her fighting to hold on to the U.S. House seat she has held for three terms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., arrives after a break as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2022. Cheney's determination to prevent Trump from ever again serving in the White House has left her fighting to hold on to the U.S. House seat she has held for three terms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is the vice chair of a U.S. House committee seeking to expose the truth behind former President Donald Trump's relentless efforts to stay in power after losing the 2020 election, and his role in fomenting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Liz Cheney looks poised to lose her House seat as Wyoming votes Tuesday

  Liz Cheney looks poised to lose her House seat as Wyoming votes Tuesday Former President Donald Trump's top critic in the House - Rep. Liz Cheney - seems poised to lose her seat as voters head to the polls Tuesday in Wyoming. In a final poll in the run-up to Republican primary day, Cheney was behind the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman by 29 points - with University of Wyoming pollsters even accounting for Democrats and independents who might switch parties to vote for her. Trump threw his whole weight behind the race - vowing to get revenge for Cheney's criticism, impeachment vote and top role on the House select committee on January 6.

FILE - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin makes a joke about the size of the state of Texas compared to Alaska during her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Aug. 4, 2022. Palin has seized on a vacancy in the state's congressional delegation as a potential springboard back into elected office. A victory in Tuesday's special election to fill the remaining months of the late Rep. Don Young's term could send her to Washington as soon as next month. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin makes a joke about the size of the state of Texas compared to Alaska during her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Aug. 4, 2022. Palin has seized on a vacancy in the state's congressional delegation as a potential springboard back into elected office. A victory in Tuesday's special election to fill the remaining months of the late Rep. Don Young's term could send her to Washington as soon as next month. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Cheney's determination to prevent Trump from ever again serving in the White House has left her fighting to hold on to the House seat she has held for three terms. Trump has made Cheney's ouster a top priority, endorsing a challenger and traveling to Wyoming to try to seal the deal.

Cheney braces for loss as Trump tested in Wyoming and Alaska

  Cheney braces for loss as Trump tested in Wyoming and Alaska CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a leader in the Republican resistance to former President Donald Trump, is fighting to save her seat in the U.S. House on Tuesday as voters weigh in on the direction of the GOP. Cheney's team is bracing for a loss against a Trump-backed challenger in the state in which he won by the largest of margins during the 2020 campaign. Win or lose in deep-red Wyoming, the 56-year-old daughter of a vice president is vowing not to disappear from national politics as she contemplates a 2024 presidential bid.

FILE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska smiles as she leaves the Senate chamber, at the Capitol in Washington, April 5, 2022. Murkowski is seeking reelection to a seat she has held for nearly 20 years. She faces 18 opponents, the most prominent of which is Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska smiles as she leaves the Senate chamber, at the Capitol in Washington, April 5, 2022. Murkowski is seeking reelection to a seat she has held for nearly 20 years. She faces 18 opponents, the most prominent of which is Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In Alaska, Sarah Palin jumped on a vacancy in the state's congressional delegation as a potential springboard back into elected office. A victory in Tuesday's special election to fill the remaining months of the late U.S. Rep. Don Young's term could send her to Washington as soon as next month.

Palin, a former Alaska governor and the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has been out of elected office for more than a decade but is betting her insurgent brand of conservativism can make her a hit again in the age of Trumpism.

In latest primary night, 2 Trump critics face voters as Palin eyes a comeback

  In latest primary night, 2 Trump critics face voters as Palin eyes a comeback Tuesday's primaries in Alaska and Wyoming will spotlights Trump challenges to Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Liz Cheney , may also see two diverging results at the ballot box. Polls close in Alaska at 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday and in Wyoming at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Cheney learns her fate Wyoming is the state that handed Trump his widest margin of victory in the 2020 election. Cheney, Wyoming's lone member of the House, has since cemented herself as the one of the most vocal anti-Trump members of Congress.

What to watch:

WYOMING

Cheney's work as vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee has won her bipartisan praise from those who see Trump as a threat to American democracy. But it has severely threatened her chances of prevailing in the Republican primary in deeply red Wyoming, where Trump notched one of his most lopsided 2020 victories, capturing 70% of the vote compared to Joe Biden's 27%.

Set to deny Cheney a fourth term as Wyoming’s lone member of the House is Harriet Hageman, a Cheyenne ranching industry attorney who was little known outside the state before winning Trump’s endorsement last year.

Hageman finished in the middle of a five-way, 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary. She's campaigned aggressively for Cheney's House seat, appearing at county fairs, parades and rodeos. Making his first public political appearance in Wyoming, Trump drew a crowd of at least 10,000 to a Casper rally supporting Hageman in May.

A defeat for Cheney would cap a swift, once unthinkable political collapse in a state where her name recognition is nearly universal and her family’s political roots run deep. Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, held the state's House seat for 10 years until 1989.

This Trump-backed candidate is vying to defeat Liz Cheney in a heated Republican primary for Wyoming's sole congressional seat

  This Trump-backed candidate is vying to defeat Liz Cheney in a heated Republican primary for Wyoming's sole congressional seat Meet Harriet Hageman, the Trump-backed candidate challenging Rep. Liz Cheney for Wyoming's only congressional seat."We have serious questions about the 2020 election," Hageman retorted on the debate stage on June 30. She then rehashed misleading theories about Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg funding Democratic turnout and pointed to right-wing commentator Dinesh D'Souza's widely debunked "2000 Mules" movie that promoted voter fraud allegations.

Still, the primary comes after Republicans booted Cheney as the party’s No. 3 House leader and the Wyoming GOP censured her. Security threats have mostly prevented the congresswoman from attending public events and rallies as she campaigns.

FILE - Kelly Tshibaka, left, a Republican, smiles as she officially files to run in Alaska's U.S. Senate race, Monday, April 11, 2022, while her husband, Niki Tshibaka, looks on at the Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File): Election 2022 What to Watch © Provided by Associated Press Election 2022 What to Watch

Cheney has instead opted for private gatherings and endorsements from well-known, traditional Republicans like Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson. She also released an ad in which her father declares: “In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who was a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump."


Video: Trump-backed Liz Cheney challenger leading in poll ahead of primary (FOX News)

Cheney’s best hope is that enough Wyoming Democrats will switch parties to vote for her instead of their own party’s three candidates — none of whom stands a chance in November's general election. Even Cheney's close allies say she might be putting principle above success in this race.

FILE - Republican U.S. House candidate Harriet Hageman talks to a supporter at a campaign event, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Cheyenne, Wyo. Hageman, an attorney, is running against Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., in the Aug. 16 Republican primary. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Republican U.S. House candidate Harriet Hageman talks to a supporter at a campaign event, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Cheyenne, Wyo. Hageman, an attorney, is running against Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., in the Aug. 16 Republican primary. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

That has fueled speculation that Cheney is hoping for something bigger, and she's refused to rule out a 2024 presidential run.

Liz Cheney's Audio Shreds Harriet Hageman's Election Night Phone Message Claim

  Liz Cheney's Audio Shreds Harriet Hageman's Election Night Phone Message Claim The Trump-backed Wyoming winner insisted on Fox News that Cheney left a "two-second message" that didn't concede the election, then hung up.The Donald Trump-backed Hageman told Sean Hannity of Fox News that Cheney “left a very brief two-second message on my cellphone” Tuesday that offered no concession “or anything else,” Mediaite reported.

ALASKA

Palin is on the ballot twice in Alaska: once in a special election to complete Young's term and another full a full two-year House term starting in January.

FILE - Mary Peltola, a Democrat seeking the sole U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. Peltola advances to a special election for Alaska's only U.S. House seat, set for Aug. 16, 2022, along with Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, and independent Al Gross. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File): Election 2022 What to Watch © Provided by Associated Press Election 2022 What to Watch

Voters approved an elections overhaul in 2020 ending party primaries and instituting ranked voting in general elections. Endorsed by Trump, Palin finished first among 48 candidates to qualify for a special election. They were seeking to replace Young, who died in March at age 88, after 49 years as Alaska's lone House member.

FILE - Nick Begich, a Republican candidate for both the special election and the regular primary for Alaska's open U.S. House seat, emerges from a booth after voting on Aug. 10, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. The special election features Alaska's first statewide election with ranked choice voting, and Begich said he voted himself as the No. 1 choice but declined to say who among the other candidates, Republican Sarah Palin or Democrat Mary Peltola, he ranked second or third. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Nick Begich, a Republican candidate for both the special election and the regular primary for Alaska's open U.S. House seat, emerges from a booth after voting on Aug. 10, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. The special election features Alaska's first statewide election with ranked choice voting, and Begich said he voted himself as the No. 1 choice but declined to say who among the other candidates, Republican Sarah Palin or Democrat Mary Peltola, he ranked second or third. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Palin is now trying to secure the win against the No. 2 and 4 finishers, Republican Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Peltola. The third-place vote-getter pulled out of the race after the special primary.

FILE - Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, June 28, 2022. Cheney's determination to prevent Trump from ever again serving in the White House has left her fighting to hold on to the U.S. House seat she has held for three terms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, June 28, 2022. Cheney's determination to prevent Trump from ever again serving in the White House has left her fighting to hold on to the U.S. House seat she has held for three terms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In a recent address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Palin decried the new voting system, saying, "It is bizarre, it’s convoluted, it’s complicated. And it results in voter suppression.”

How the Cheneys lost their influence in Wyoming

  How the Cheneys lost their influence in Wyoming How the Cheneys lost their influence in WyomingLiz is heir to the Cheney political legacy in the state, but that wasn’t enough to help her overcome her very public battle with former President Donald Trump. As Cheney said in her speech, “I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office.

FILE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, questions Interior Secretary Haaland during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget July 13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski is seeking reelection to a seat she has held for nearly 20 years. She faces 18 opponents, the most prominent of which is Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, questions Interior Secretary Haaland during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget July 13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski is seeking reelection to a seat she has held for nearly 20 years. She faces 18 opponents, the most prominent of which is Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)

Tuesday's ballot also features a House primary race and one for the U.S. Senate in which Trump's influence may not prove decisive. Alaskans pick one candidate in each race, with the top four vote-getters advancing to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is seeking reelection to a seat she has held for nearly 20 years. She faces 18 opponents — the most prominent of which is Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who has been endorsed by Trump.

Murkowski, the state's senior senator, is a Trump critic who voted to convict him at his impeachment trial following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The former president has railed against Murkowski, including at a rally with Tshibaka and Palin last month in Anchorage.

The House primary, meanwhile, has 22 candidates, including Palin, Begich and Peltola.

Begich has tried to cast Palin as a quitter because she resigned as governor partway through her term in 2009. Palin has referred to Begich, nephew of former Democratic Alaska Sen. Mark Begich and grandson of former Democratic Rep. Nick Begich, as her “fellow ‘Republican’” in the race. Begich counters that he's always been a Republican, despite coming from a family of prominent Democrats.

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Associated Press writers Mead Gruver in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Becky Bohrer in Juneau, Alaska, contributed to this report.

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