Poll and pundits: Liz Cheney's exit at hand

Poll and pundits: Liz Cheney's exit at hand

GOP Representative Liz Cheney (right) substantially trails her challenger, Harriet Hageman (left), in polls leading up to Tuesday's primary in Wyoming.

Poll and pundits: Liz Cheney's exit at hand

A conservative political pundit points out that a recent poll paints a pretty dismal picture for the political future of Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.

Just days before the GOP primary in Wyoming, a new poll revealed that the at-large congresswoman is trailing her Trump-endorsed opponent, Harriet Hageman, by nearly 30 points. The survey by University of Wyoming's Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (conducted July 25-August 6) shows only 28% of likely primary voters support Cheney, while 57% support Hageman. Another 15% are either undecided or supported other candidates.

Dr. Jim King, a professor of political science at the University of Wyoming, summed up the survey this way: "The race for [this nomination] appears to be referendum on Cheney, as it usually is when an incumbent seeks re-election."

Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, says of Cheney: "She's not only treading water, she's under water."

Chambers, Rob (AFA Action) Chambers

According to Chambers, it is clear that Wyoming voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Cheney's participation with the January 6 committee.

"We know that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Liz Cheney knows that," he tells AFN. "But [if there's] one thing that people in power hate to lose, it's their place in power. When they are faced with the prospect of losing their position, they're going to burn the barn down.

"But in this case, Cheney has nowhere to go in the state of Wyoming with only 30% of the Republican voters in support of her."

While Wyoming allows "party switching" during primaries, Professor King predicts the crossover of Democrats to the GOP primary "is not especially large." UW found in its poll that roughly half of residents who identify as Democrats plan to vote in the GOP primary; and practically all of those (98%) support Cheney. But Hageman's lead increases to almost 50 points when taking into account only Republican voters who are likely to vote.

The Wyoming GOP primary is Tuesday, August 16.

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.