Cheney urging Wyoming Democrats to switch parties to vote for her in primary
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is trying to recruit registered Democrats to change her party affiliation to get elected in Wyoming's Aug. 16 primary.
Their campaign website provides instructions on how voters can change their party affiliation to enter the Republican primary and even directs them to a Wyoming voter registration change form. The New York Times also reported Thursday that Cheney's campaign sent out mailers to Democratic voters in Wyoming with information about voting in the Republican primary.
In Wyoming, voters can change their party affiliation by mail up to 14 days before the primary. Voters can also change their party affiliation in the elections.
Cheney faces Republican Harriet Hageman in a hotly contested primary in August. Former President Donald Trump backed Hageman in his efforts to oust Cheney for her vote last year to impeach him for his role in the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots.
Cheney is also one of only two Republicans to sit on the House special committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.
Hageman has seized on Cheney's impeachment vote to argue that she is not conservative enough.
Cheney's primary campaign is seen as a key test of how loyal Republican voters remain to Trump and whether a longtime conservative who broke with the former president can survive in a party still dominated by his brand of politics.
Despite this, Cheney has long resisted wooing Democratic voters to her cause. She told the New York Times in February that she has no plans to reach out to Democrats in her elementary school.
In a statement, Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for Cheney, said she was "determined to work hard to earn every vote."
"Liz is proud to represent all Wyoming residents and works hard to earn every vote," Adler said.
Cheney did not style herself as a Democrat during her campaign. While she broke with Trump over the Jan. 6 riots, she still voted with him 93 percent of the time while he was in the White House, according to data website FiveThirtyEight. She has also rarely sided with President Biden since he took office.
In a speech late last year in New Hampshire, Cheney defended her conservative bonafides but said lawmakers have a "duty" to defend the "constitutional order" when it is "threatened."
"I'm a conservative Republican," Cheney said in a speech at St. Anselm College in November. “I strongly disagree with almost everything that President Biden has done since he took office. His policies are bad for this country. I firmly believe that conservative principles: limited government, low taxes, strong national defences, the family – the family as an essential building block of our nation and our society – are the right ideals for this country.”
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