Liz Cheney Falls 22 Points Behind Trump Candidate in Latest Poll

Even as she continues to take center stage during the highly produced hearings of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-selected January 6 Committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) finds herself trailing badly in the GOP primary for the House seat in her home state.

In a new poll released Friday, Cheney now trails Republican challenger Harriet Hageman by 22 percentage points. The survey was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy on behalf of the Casper Star Tribune.

Among likely primary voters in Wyoming, more than half say they plan to vote for Hageman at 52%. Cheney is following well behind at 30% support.

The poll surveyed 1,100 likely voters between July 7 and 11. No other candidates received more than single-digit support, and 11% of respondents said they are still undecided.

President Donald Trump decided to endorse Hageman from among a group of GOP rivals attempting to defeat Cheney for the single at-large House seat in Congress representing the state.

Cheney has been aggressively hostile toward Trump and voted to impeach him while he was in office. She and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) are the two Republicans that Pelosi chose to sit on the January 6 Committee after Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) removed all of his nominees for the committee from consideration.

Both Cheney and Kinzinger are outspoken “never-Trumpers.” Kinzinger has decided not to run for reelection after his Illinois district was remapped following his state’s population losses in the last federal census.

The poll also asked respondents their position toward Cheney’s decision to accept the position on the January 6 Committee, and 63% said they disagreed with her.

Asked whether her opposition to Trump impairs her ability to represent Wyoming, 61% said that it did, and 54% said her service on Pelosi’s committee made them less likely to vote for her than they would have been.

Cheney has been openly courting Democrat voters in Wyoming to vote for her in the state’s open primary. Hageman has described the move as a “desperate” attempt to hold on to power in Washington.

Cheney and the rest of the Pelosi committee are using the ongoing hearings to argue that Trump inspired and encouraged the events of January 6, which they describe as an “insurrection” against the federal government.

Wyoming’s primary election is slated for August 16.