Tuesday 16 August 2022 02:46 AM Liz Cheney looks poised to lose her House seat as Wyoming votes Tuesday trends now
Former President Donald Trump's top critic in the House - Rep. Liz Cheney - seems poised to lose her seat as voters head to the polls Tuesday in Wyoming.
In a final poll in the run-up to Republican primary day, Cheney was behind the Trump-backed Harriet Hageman by 29 points - with University of Wyoming pollsters even accounting for Democrats and independents who might switch parties to vote for her.
Trump threw his whole weight behind the race - vowing to get revenge for Cheney's criticism, impeachment vote and top role on the House select committee on January 6.
On election eve, Trump called into a tele-rally for Hageman and called the race 'one of the most critical primary elections in the history of our country.'
'The whole world is watching this one,' the former president said.
He called Hageman - who was critical of Trump during his 2016 election and supported Sen. Ted Cruz - a 'person I've gotten to know very well' and a 'friend.'
Then he turned his attention to Cheney.
'This is your chance to send a message to the RINOs and the fake news media, the radical left lunatics, that we have unfortunately too many in our country, and you're going to elect Harriet, and you're going to tell warmonger Liz Cheney - so bad, so negative - Liz, you're fired,' Trump said.
Trump said that 'few members of Congress in history have personally caused more damage to our republic than Liz Cheney.'
The Trump-backed lawyer Harriet Hageman (left) looks poised to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney (right), as voters in Wyoming head to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state's Republican primary. The winner of the race will almost certainly win the election in November, in the ultra-red state
A hand-painted sign in Casper, Wyoming that stands in opposition to the re-election of Rep. Liz Cheney, the most prominent GOP Trump critic in the House of Representatives
Another anti-Liz Cheney sign appeared on a billboard outside Cheyenne. Polling last week showed Cheney 29 points down in the pivotal primary race
'The Democrats use her for sound bites, they like to say "Republican Liz Cheney" and then they go into these horrendous anti-Republican, anti-country sound bites,' Trump said. 'It's been a disaster.'
'She's aided and abetted the radical Democrat Party in their unhinged, lawless and dangerous witchhunt - a witchhunt that never ends,' the former president complained.
He added that Cheney's pushed a 'phony' and 'grotesquely false and fabricated hysterical partisan narrative' about what happened on January 6.
Cheney is one of just two Republicans serving on the House select committee on January 6 - and the only one running for re-election in a political atmosphere that hasn't been hospitable to anti-Trump GOP candidates.
The daughter of the former Republican vice president has remained steadfast in her criticism, saying in a campaign ad last week that her party's embrace of