Cheney releases concession call audio to refute primary opponent's claims

After Donald Trump-backed Harriet Hageman claimed Wednesday night that Rep. Liz Cheney never fully conceded her GOP feature race in Wyoming, the defeated incumbent released her receipts.
Hageman told Fox News that Cheney "left a very brief two-second message on my cell phone" Tuesday night without addressing "any concession or anything else." However, according to audio provided to POLITICO by the Cheney campaign, Cheney called Hageman to abandon the race at 8:13 p.m. at Tuesday evening.
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In the recording, an aide can be heard telling Cheney that the Associated Press has just declared the race for her opponent.
"Hi, Harriet, Liz Cheney is calling," Cheney is heard saying on the audio. "It's about 8:13 Tuesday the 16th, I'm calling to admit the election and congratulate you on the win. Many Thanks."
The recording contradicts the narrative Hageman offered Sean Hannity Wednesday about Cheney's call on pre-election night.
"I had no other contact with Liz Cheney. She made the effort and all she said was 'Hello Harriet'. And then it was the end," Hageman said. When Hannity tried to clarify that she claimed Cheney "just said 'Hello Harriet' and then hung up," Hageman repeated, "That was the end of the conversation, yeah."
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A Hageman spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the Cheney recording.
In an interview with POLITICO on Wednesday, Cheney said she tried to call Hageman three times but ultimately left a voicemail before taking the stage at her election night party. Cheney added that she never heard from Hageman again.
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