As the votes roll in, some RINOS who bought into the Trump-hating Democrat agenda are fading into oblivion as their true conservative challengers chalk up victories and the red wave starts crashing into the shore.
In Wyoming, such a result has conservatives enjoying their morning coffee.
Trump-hater Liz Cheney, from a longstanding deep swamp family, was certain she was assured of her place in congress. Challenger Harriett Hageman sought to unseat her, and one issue between them was the 2020 election.
The race between Hageman and Cheney was viewed as a microcosm of the current state of the Republican Party, which is becoming more and more fractured based on allegiance to Trump with true conservatives supporting the former president as RINOS take on philosophies of the opposing party.
The 2020 presidential election was a common theme throughout the Wyoming race. Cheney largely centered her campaign on the notion that claims of election fraud are a threat to U.S. democracy and that Trump — the lead advocate of those assertions — poses a danger to the country. Hageman, on the other hand, has said the 2020 race was “rigged” against Trump.
Cheney fell out of favor with senior members of the Republican Party for voting to impeach Trump and later persecuting him in regard to the Jan 6 events at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Roughly 70% of /Wyoming voted for Trump, and one would think Cheney would remember that, but her stance became the final red line that many true GOP voters refused to cross,
Former President Trump endorsed Hageman shortly after she announced her bid, making good on his promise to help oust Cheney after she opposed his claims of election fraud and voted to impeach him following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
While Trump and his loyalists, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), threw their support behind Hageman, several establishment, anti-Trump Republicans — such as former President George W. Bush and ex-GOP Speakers Paul Ryan (Wis.) and John Boehner (Ohio) — ran to Cheney’s defense. their support did not make a difference in the end.
In August primaries, Hageman soundly defeated Cheney to be the Republican candidate and now has secured her position.
Tuesday night it was announced that Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman was projected to win the state’s at-large House seat, officially securing her place as the successor to outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R). The Associated Press called the race at 11 p.m. ET.
Hageman, a constitutional and natural resource attorney, secured the Republican nomination over the summer, soundly defeating Cheney in the GOP primary by more than 30 percentage points.
In a sense, Hageman’s victory marks a win for Trump and his movement and solidifies the end of Cheney’s congressional career, which brought her to the highest echelons of House GOP power as conference chairwoman and ended with her becoming an outlier in the party her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, once helped lead.
New leadership in Wyoming has conservatives cheering.
Hageman called for “regulating the administrative state” on the campaign trail, saying at a luncheon in August, “I think we need to make the federal government largely irrelevant to our everyday lives.” She has also advocated for controlling government spending, protecting the life of the unborn child, and opposing the “radical Biden agenda,” according to her campaign website, The Hill reports.
Hageman is a Wyoming native and received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming. Beginning as a law clerk for federal appeals Judge James Barrett, she went on to practice law privately in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. Her specialty as an attorney was natural resources and water litigation. She also has represented the federal government in many private property cases and eventually opened her own firm. Hageman’s father, Jim Hageman, was a Wyoming state representative for more than 20 years and Harriett made an unsuccessful run for governor in 2018, getting her feet wet in politics.
In a statement, Hageman said she decided to run against Cheney in the House because Cheney “betrayed Wyoming, betrayed the country and she betrayed me.” And she has succeeded. The Cheney family is out of the federal government.
In her victory speech, Hageman said, “Wyoming has spoken on behalf of everyone who is concerned that the game is becoming more and more rigged against them. And what Wyoming has shown today is that while it may not be easy, we can dislodge entrenched politicians who believe they have risen above the people they are supposed to represent and serve.”
As now the votes are being counted in this election and protests arise across the country in regard to fraud, eyes are opening to the accusations and foundations of voting fraud in the 2020 elections. Naysayers who dismiss former President Trump’s claims and the claims of others can’t ignore the processes going on right now as voting is scrutinized and eagle eyes are on the results, calling out factors that went unreported or disclaimed in 2020.