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Liz Cheney loses her primary in Wyoming to Trump-backed challenger

JACKSON, Wyo. — Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., a onetime House GOP leader and a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was ousted in a Republican primary Tuesday night, NBC News projects.

Former President Donald Trump’s name wasn’t on the ballot, but his shadow eclipsed the contest as he sought revenge for Cheney's vote last year to impeach him and her work on the committee investigating his behavior leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. His hand-picked challenger, Harriet Hageman, defeated Cheney in a multi-candidate race.

With 80% of the vote counted before midnight, Hageman was leading Cheney by more than 32 points. But the result didn’t put an end to hostilities between Trump and Cheney. Instead, she vowed to escalate them

“This primary election is over,” Cheney told her supporters, drawing a clear contrast between her acceptance of the outcome and Trump’s ongoing refusal to admit he lost the 2020 election. “But now the real work begins.

"Without going into detail about her future intentions, she highlighted that they revolve around Trump, who is most likely to run for president again in 2024.

She reiterated an earlier commitment to "do everything it takes to ensure that Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office," saying, "We must be extremely clear-eyed about the peril we face."
Trump congratulated Hageman and then took a shot at Cheney in a statement late Tuesday on his Truth Social platform.
."This is a wonderful result for America, and a complete rebuke of the Unselect Committee of political Hacks and Thugs," he wrote, referring to the House committee investigating Jan. 6. "Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others. Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now."

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