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Liz Cheney vows to keep fighting Trump after conceding loss in Wyoming primary

(CNN)Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney,Republicans against Donald Trump The most ardent critics in Congress vowed to continue the fight against the former president and his campaign to reject the election in Tuesday night's speech after conceding her primary election loss.

She will lose to Trump-backed lawyers Harriet Hageman, CNN Project

"This primary is over," Cheney said in her speech. "But now the real work begins."

of 10 House Republicansvoted for Trump's second impeachment to face voters Last but not least, Cheney will be the eighth person not to return to the House next year. Her Cheney defeat was widely expected, but it has become an important indicator in the broader battle for Republican direction. Once seen as an up-and-comer, she was ousted as House Republican leader last year for her staunch opposition to the former president, and will not lead a House selection committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks. Helped, trailed in this year's polls. at the US Capitol.

Cheney did not announce anything about his plans, but hinted at his future in politics in elections.

"Our party's great and former champion Abraham Lincoln lost the Senate and House elections before winning the most important elections," she said. "Lincoln ultimately won, saved our union, and made clear our duty as Americans in all of history." Cheney's attempt to do so was itself a clear rebuttal to Trump's actions since losing the 2020 election.

"There is no seat or office in this country more important than the principles we have all sworn to uphold, and I am well aware of the potential political consequences of upholding my duties." I understand," Cheney said. “Our Republic honorably accepts the results of the election, relying on the goodwill of all candidates for office, and tonight Harriet Hedgeman received the most votes in this primary. won. Her role as a pundit made her a pretty underdog in a state the former president won in 2020 with nearly 70% of the vote. His enduring popularity there, combined with Cheney's role as vice chairman of the House's January 6 committee, has made the daughter of three-term Congressman and former Vice President Dick Cheney a prime target for Trump's allies.

Mr Cheney said American democracy was facing an existential crisis, saying that "our survival is not guaranteed", and that the 2020 election results were not guaranteed. He pointed to Republican efforts at the state level to decertify and that Republican midterm candidates are already casting doubt. About upcoming votes.

"Failure to condemn conspiracy and lies and hold those responsible accountable will allow this practice to become a hallmark of every election," Cheney said. "America will never be the same."

Trump's dominance over the Republican Party has been proven time and time again since he left Washington. Wyoming's vote made Cheney the fourth House Republican to vote for Trump's impeachment, losing the primary. His other four were not running for another term. His two survivors in California and Washington benefited from the state's nonpartisan primary system. Cheney had no such cushion, but his push to register Democrats and Independents in the Republican primary may have softened the final numbers somewhat.

Powerful Republicans in the Capitol rallied around Hageman, who embraced Trump's false election fraud claims and called the 2020 election "rigged." House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Hudgeman supporter, said Monday during a Fox News appearance that the Wyoming election "will be a committee referendum on January 6."

On Tuesday, Cheney also referenced the recent search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida, where the former president sowed anger among supporters and his FBI agents involved in the search. accused of potentially endangering name.

"It was deliberate and malicious. No patriotic American should allow or intimidate these threats," Cheney said. "Our great nation must not be ruled by social media-incited mobs."

When Cheney issued a dire warning in Jackson, Hageman said, Thanked Trump and Republican lawmakers for their support at the victory rally.

"Today Wyoming has shown that, while it may not be easy, it is possible to get rid of stereotyped politicians who believe they have gone beyond the people they are supposed to represent and serve. In a post on his own social media platforms, Trump called Cheney's loss "a great result for America" ​​and called her "mean" and " denounced as sacred.

"Now she can finally disappear into the depths of her political oblivion, where she is sure she will be much happier than she is now," Trump wrote. .

Sarah Palin is about to make a comeback in Alaska

Recent celebrities return if Cheney is threatened with being thrown out into the wilds of the party Been off the electoral map hoping for more than a decade. The rise of former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin heralded the Trump era for the party, but she will return to the polls on a pro-Trump candidate vying to fill the remainingseat of Congressman Don Young.

Palin, who stepped down as governor in 2009, won a special election between Nick Begich III, a Republican scion of the state's most prominent Democratic line, and endorsed former Democratic Rep. Mary Peltra. are confronting. by independent Al Gross after he dropped out of the race despite making the final four. If none of the three active candidates secures a majority of the votes, the election will be determined by a ranked choice calculation that begins at the end of the month.

Three candidates for the special election, along with nearly 20 other candidates for her, most notably Republican Tara her Sweeney candidate, will decide who will win the November election. We are running concurrent primaries to determine the finalists in person. Next full term General Assembly seat.

Republican senators who convicted Trump face voters

While Cheney's fate in Wyoming made the most headlines, Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Markowski, who voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial, faced new competition this year, fueled by his lack of loyalty to his former president. But unlike Cheney, Markowski is the latest in a proud statewide political dynasty, and a better bet to overcome the power placed against her. } This is largely due to Alaska's top four nonpartisan primaries, which, like the House elections, send the top four candidates to the general election. get a majority. That process should help Markowski against former commissioner of the Alaska Administration, Trump-backed challenger Kelly Tzibaka.

Markowski has previously elected her father, Frank Markowski, to the Senate first and then to the state It has enjoyed broad support across party lines. Governor. He then appointed his daughter to her current position in 2002. When she lost her 2010 Tea Party Her Wave primary, Murkowski launched a writing campaign, defeating Republican nominee Joe Her Miller in the fall.

Gubernatorial primaries also have familiar names. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy and former independent Gov. Bill Walker would likely have lost to Dunleavy for re-election in 2018 if they had not resigned shortly before the election. He endorsed Democrat Marc Begich.

His Dunleavy, now seeking a second term, won the one-on-one contest he won by less than 10 points.

This story has been updated with additional developments.