As the GOP primary in Wyoming set for August 16 approaches, Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman has overtaken incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) among likely voters in a recent WPA Intelligence for Club for Growth PAC poll.
Hageman leads the field of six Republican candidates as the choice of 56% of the primary voters polled. She holds a 30 point lead over Cheney, who polled at only 26%.
Only 6% of respondents said they remain undecided. The survey was conducted on May 24 and 15 and has a 4.9% margin of error.
The new poll was conducted just before President Donald Trump held a rally on Saturday in Casper, Wyoming to rally the Republicans there as the midterm election season swings into high gear.
Trump embraced Hageman on stage and told the huge crowd that the mission to elect her and “fire” Liz Cheney had implications that extend far beyond Wyoming. During his 90-minute speech, he described Cheney as a classic RINO (“Republican In Name Only”).
Trump said, “There is no RINO in America that has thrown in her lot with the radical left more than Liz Cheney.” He added, “She has gone crazy.”
The Trump rally in Wyoming had been anticipated for months. As it took place on a holiday weekend in conjunction with a large antique car show and graduation celebrations, thousands of tourists flocked to Casper.
The Ford Wyoming Center has a listed capacity of 9,700 and was filled for the rally that began on Saturday morning with a slate of speakers before Trump’s address.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) appeared before Trump, wearing a red MAGA hat and blue jeans. Trump has endorsed her for reelection as she is currently serving her first term in the House from Colorado. She enthusiastically told the crowd that she is a “professional RINO hunter.”
Trump has been sharply critical of Cheney, who has in turn opposed Trump in his leadership of the Republican Party. She voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 incident at the Capitol and has been a hand-chosen member of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee investigating the matter.
House Republicans voted Cheney out of her position as chair of the House Republican Conference last summer. The Wyoming Republican Party has voted to end her recognition as a member of the state party.