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Rep. Liz Cheney loses primary against Trump-backed Hageman

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(NewsNation) — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, lost her primary Tuesday night.

The Wyoming Republican faced a challenge from Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, who was once an ally of Cheney and critic of Trump in 2016.

Cheney’s political future was cast in doubt this year following her decision to vote to impeach Trump and serve as vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots. Prior to Tuesday’s election, she trailed in multiple polls by over 20 points.

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The congresswoman, who was first elected in 2016, faced backlash from her constituents over her decision to staunchly oppose and criticize Trump for his role in the riots and efforts to overturn the 2020 election. He won the state with nearly 70% of the vote in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

“Today, no matter what the outcome is, is certainly the beginning of a battle that is going to continue,” Cheney told CBS News after casting her vote Tuesday, standing alongside her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. “We’re facing a moment where our democracy really is under attack and under threat. And those of us across the board — Republicans, Democrats and independents who believe deeply in freedom and who care about the Constitution and the future of the country — have an obligation to put that above party.”

Wyoming primary election results

The Associated Press contributed to this report.