The Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who is fighting for her political life after a run-in with the former president Donald Trump, has begun sending Democrats instructions on how to switch parties and vote for her, underscoring an urgent effort to try to overcome serious vulnerabilities before an August primary.
A spokesman for the Wyoming Democratic Party confirmed on Thursday that party members, including the chairman of the state party, are receiving the mailers. The mailer asks, “How do I switch my party affiliation to register as a Republican so I can vote for Liz?” Democrats now have access to instructions on Cheney’s website.
The congresswoman, who has held Wyoming’s at-large district for five years, is up against several Republicans, including Harriet Hageman, who has received Trump’s endorsement and had backed Cheney but now supports the former president’s policies. Trump’s choices in other primaries this year have suffered some dramatic losses, but Cheney, who is one of his most vocal GOP detractors, must rise above particular hostility from Trump and his supporters. Furthermore, the state’s local activists have swung drastically against the congresswoman.
By Wyoming law, voters may switch their party affiliation up to 14 days before the primary. They may also do so on a primary day at their polling location or when they request an absentee ballot. The statute allows Cheney to win over a wider range of voters, including those who might not want to see a Trump supporter succeed her in office in a state where Democrats have little chance of winning the general election due to Wyoming’s strong conservative lean.
However, even Liz Cheney’s friends in Wyoming assert that there are few Democratic voters in the state to give Cheney a decisive advantage in the primary on August 16. In the GOP primary in 2018, over 115,000 votes were cast, compared to only 17,000 votes in the Democratic primary. Instead, they advised her to concentrate on encouraging Republicans who don’t often participate in state primaries to vote.
Ferguson added that despite their admiration for Cheney for “standing up to the big lie,” many Democrats do not want to support her. She doesn’t share beliefs as the Democrats, he said, noting that she sided with Trump more often than not.
Liz Cheney Third-Ranking Republican In The House
Liz Cheney, who once had the third-highest position among Republicans in the House, was removed from leadership after consistently criticizing Trump for his attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 election. Currently serving as deputy chairwoman of the House Select Committee looking into the attack on the United States on January 6, 2021, by a pro-Trump mob. Capitol, which interfered with the vote’s certification.
Liz Cheney welcomed “new friends and new faces” to an event with supporters earlier this month in Cheyenne, a gesture to the presence of some independents and moderate Republicans as well as at least one local Democrat who had not previously supported her political campaigns.