Liz Cheney’s Trump-backed challenger holds commanding lead

Former President Donald Trump may be on the verge of yet another political victory.

According to The Hill, a new poll has anti-Trump Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) significantly trailing Harriet Hageman, her Trump-endorsed opponent. 

The poll comes from the Casper Star-Tribune. It was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy between July 7 and 11.

The pollster surveyed some 1,100 registered Wyoming voters who are likely to participate in the upcoming Republican primary, which will determine Cheney’s political future.

The findings

The pollster asked participants, “If today were the Republican primaries, who would you vote for?” Five choices were provided: Cheney, Hageman, Anthony Bouchard, “other,” and “undecided.”

Cheney and Hageman were, by far, the most popular choices. Bouchard received 4%, “other” 3%, and “undecided 9%.” That’s a total of 16 points.

The remaining 84 points went to Cheney and Hageman. While Cheney received 27% of the vote, Hageman came away the clear victor with 57%. That’s a 30-point lead that Hageman has over Cheney, at least in this particular poll.

“The big story is Liz Cheney is going to get beat,” said Brad Coker, the managing director of the polling firm Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. “That’s a foregone conclusion.”

The voters explain

The Star-Tribune reports:

Among those polled, only 27% approved of Cheney’s job performance. Two-thirds disapproved, with 7% saying they were not sure. Men were especially critical of Cheney’s performance: Only one in five approved of the job she’s doing.

The outlet goes on to report why it is that Wyoming Republicans have soured on Cheney.

It reports:

The congresswoman’s critics say she’s too distracted by her service on the House Jan. 6 committee and her battles with Trump to properly serve the state, and the poll found 54% of voters were less likely to support her because she’s part of the panel investigating the attack on the Capitol. Cheney critics complain that she rarely visits, with many of them calling her a “RINO” (Republican in name only) as they air their grievances. Voters also called her a “carpetbagger,” an insult she’s been hit with since she moved to the state in 2012, a year before her unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate.

The bottom line is that it looks as though Cheney’s days are numbered.

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