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Trump Commentator Liz Cheney Loses Primary, Lisa Markowski Survives

Despite the loss, Cheney says he is considering running for president. "We will do whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office."

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Liliana Salgado and Nathan Lane

Republican candidate U.S. Representative Liz Cheney looks on during her primary election night party in Jackson, Wyoming, Aug. 16, 2022.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney looks on at the party on Aug. 16 during the primary election night in Jackson, Wyoming. 2022. Photo by David Stubbs /REUTERS

JACKSON — US Congressman Liz Cheney. Donald Trump, who played a key role in the congressional probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, lost Tuesday to a major Trump-backed challenger in Wyoming.

But another Republican congressman who defied the former president, Senator Lisa Markowski, cleared a hurdle in Alaska. She was scheduled to run against pro-Trump challenger Kelly Tshibaka in the Nov. 8 congressional election.

Cheney's defeat by Trump-backed Harriet Hedgeman comes after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building last year, prompting the ex-president to expel Republicans who supported his impeachment. Represents an important victory in a campaign.

When admitting to Race, Cheney said he would not "go along with President Trump's lies about the 2020 election" to win the primary. would have been necessary to unravel the democratic system of the United States and enable his ongoing efforts to attack the foundations of our republic. She told her supporters. "I will do whatever it takes to keep Trump out of the Oval Office."

"That's what I'm thinking about and I'll be making a decision in the next few months," she told "Today" when asked about the presidential election, adding that she has a lot going on. It has to do with the Jan. 6 commission investigating the attack on the Capitol.

According to election monitoring firm Edison Research, 99% of the expected votes were tallied in Wyoming, with Hageman leading the Republican field with his 66.3% share of the vote. He led, followed by Cheney with 28.9% of the vote.

Results in Alaska were less clear.

According to Edison, her 72% of the expected votes were tallied, with Murkowski leading slightly with 42.7% of the vote, followed by Tshibaka with 41.4% and Democrat Patricia Chesbro with her 6.2%. rice field. The state's nonpartisan primary format excludes all but the top four voters.

Murkowski, a moderate, is one of the most independent speakers in the Senate. , has held the seat since 2003.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questions U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley while they testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on defence in Washington, May 3, 2022.
Senator Lisa Markowski (R-AK) In testifying before the Senate appropriations, he questioned US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley. Subcommittee of Commission on Defense, Washington, May 3, 2022. Photo by Wynn McNamee /Pool via Reuters/File Photo

Also in Alaska, Edison died in March He predicted that no candidate would emerge as a clear winner in a three-way contest to complete the term of Rep. Don Young. Trump-backed 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin faces fellow Republican Nick Begich III and Democrat Mary Pertola. The winner will be announced on his August 31st.

Both Wyoming and Alaska are firmly Republican, and the outcome is unlikely to affect whether President Joe Biden's Democrats lose a very thin majority in Congress. low. Republicans are expected to retake the House and possibly gain control of the Senate.

Banning Trump Critics

Cheney's ouster is the latest sign of Trump's enduring influence over the Republican Party.

Trump, who has hinted at running for president in 2024, has made ending Cheney's congressional career a priority among 10 House Republicans who will support impeachment in 2021.

Cheney, the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her position on a committee investigating the circumstances surrounding the January 6 congressional riots. used to keep attention on Trump's actions that day and his false claims that he won the 2020 election.

Republican leaders are expected to dissolve the Jan. 6 inquiry if they win control of the House in November. The new parliamentary representative will win his seat in January.

Hageman, a natural resources attorney who has embraced Trump's election lies, criticized Cheney's concession speech, saying she had little interest in the problems facing the state. said to indicate that

"She remains focused on the obsession with President Trump and the people of Wyoming. Wyoming voters sent a very big message tonight," Hageman said of her told Fox News.

House of Representatives Cheney voted to impeach Trump on charges of inciting a Capitol riot, while Senate Markowski voted to convict him of the charges. Trump was eventually acquitted.

Of his 10 Republicans who supported impeachment, only Dan He Newhouse in Washington is likely to run for Congress after the November election.

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