A House candidate approved by erstwhile President Donald Trump effortlessly defeated Rep. Liz Cheney in a Republican Party straw poll in Wyoming, as stated by a report.
Harriet Hageman, whom Trump affirmed in September to challenge Cheney in the Republican primary, won the straw poll conducted by the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee with 59 votes, the Casper Star-Tribune announced on Saturday.
Cheney came in a distant second with six votes.
The officeholder drew Trump’s ire when she voted — together with nine other Republicans — to impeach the erstwhile president on Jan. 13 over his role in the Jan. 6. Capitol riot.
The daughter of one time Vice President Dick Cheney, she and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are the lone Republicans on the House Select Committee inquiring into Jan. 6.
The central committee last November voted 31-29 to no longer acknowledge the Republican congresswoman as a member after her vote to impeach Trump.
Hageman’s vote totals were reported first at Saturday’s meeting and were greeted by cheering, the Star-Tribune reported.
“I think it’s a good sign. It’s not an endorsement, but these are the county activists”
Hageman told the newspaper.
“The only elections that matter are in August and November,”
Jeremy Adler, a spokesperson for the Cheney crusade, told the newspaper following the vote.
“This smells like an endorsement to me,”
Natrona County Committeeman Joe McGinley said.
“Whether that is the true intention of the state … or not, that’s what it appears to be.”
Hageman wasn’t ready to affirm victory.
“There will be lots of polls over the next eight months, and they will all show different things,”