Despite raising lots of campaign money for her re-election bid, Cheney is trailing challenger Harriet Hageman in one poll by a whopping 22-point spread, 52% to 30%. That poll, conducted July 7-11 by The Casper-Star Tribune, surveyed 1,100 registered Wyoming voters.
The coming GOP primary is Tuesday, August 16, just four weeks away.
Hageman, an attorney and member of the Republican National Committee, has been endorsed by Trump.
Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, points out Cheney is persona non grata in her state after the Wyoming Republican Party censured her and after fellow Republicans have run from her.
“Here you have someone that is basically siding with Nancy Pelosi on a witch hunt,” he says of the controversial January 6 Committee, “throwing people in jail, denying them due process of law. And that's who's she's siding with and that's who she's advocating for."
The Democrat-led investigation of Trump and the January 6 riot has been called a communist-like “show trial” by critics. The committee formed in the summer of 2021 without Republican participation, so Cheney was asked by Pelosi to join and she happily accepted a seat among Democrats.
The irony of Cheney’s political demise is she was popular back home – she won re-election in 2020 with 69% of the vote – before joining Democrats and giving the committee the appearance of bipartisanship.
According to the I Voter Guide, Cheney is rated “Leans Conservative” and Hageman is rated “Verified Conservative.”
Back in Wyoming, Democrats in the state are openly voting for Cheney in the open primary but that tactic may not pay off since Republican voters outnumber Democrats four to one.
“[Cheney] has, without asking for my vote,” one Democrat told The Associated Press, “has convinced me that she is, without question, the best candidate.”
A second voter, a Republican, told the AP that Hageman was “born and raised here, and she represents the ag community of Wyoming, and I think she’ll do a dang fine job.”
Editor's Note: AFA Action is an affiliate of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.