This is primary election day in Wyoming and one race has drawn the national spotlight for months – Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s bid for a 4th term against multiple opponents upset with her over former president Donald Trump.
Polls show Cheney trailing by double-digits to attorney Harriet Hageman, whose endorsement by Trump led a number of other potential candidates, some of whom had already filed, to drop out of the race for Wyoming’s only U-S House seat.
Cheney drew the ire of many of her fellow Republicans, especially those in Wyoming where Trump had his widest margin of victory over Joe Biden, when she voted for impeachment over the Jan 6th riot at the Capitol and her rejection of Trump’s unsupported claim that he lost the election because of voter fraud.
Cheney was stripped of her #3 position in the GOP House leadership and censured by the state Republican Central Committee after agreeing to serve on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Although you wouldn’t know it from the national media, there are other statewide races today in Wyoming, where Republicans hold all the statewide offices and have super-majorities in both the State House and Senate.
Incumbent Governor Mark Gordon is expected to easily defeat 3 challengers in the GOP primary – Brent Bien of Sheridan, Rex Rammell, of Rock Springs, and 1983 Douglas High School graduate James Quick.
Secretary of State Ed Buchanan is leaving office to become a judge, leading state lawmakers Chuck Gray of Casper and Tara Nethercott of Cheyenne to square off for the nomination to be his successor.
Recently appointed State School Superintendent Brian Schroeder has 2 GOP challengers, Megan Degenfelder of Laramie and Jennifer Zerba, of Casper, while Treasurer Curt Meier faces a GOP primary challenge from Bill Gallop, of Cheyenne.