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Harriet Hageman, the Trump-backed Republican candidate challenging Rep. Liz Cheney in Wyoming’s GOP Primary this year, has raised more than $1 million in fundraising in less than six months.
“Hageman brought in roughly $745,000 from her campaign launch on Sept. 9 through the end of 2021, according to figures shared first with Fox News on Monday, with over a quarter-million raised since the beginning of the new year,” Fox News reported.
“The Wyoming native who’s backed by former President Trump as she runs to oust Cheney also reported bringing in $443,460 during the October-December fourth-quarter of fundraising. And Hageman, a conservative lawyer who’s fought for water, land, and property rights, spotlighted that more than half of her funds came from within Wyoming and that her campaign had $381,163 cash on hand at the end of 2021,” the report added.
Trump, who has stepped up his efforts to oust Cheney from Congress, endorsed Hageman as she entered the race.
“Wyoming deserves to be represented by someone who cares about Wyoming, not someone who is consumed by her own personal war with President Trump,” Hageman told Fox News. “I have been to all 23 counties in Wyoming, and I know that the people are desperate for a change.”
“We only get one House seat, and we can’t waste it on someone from Northern Virginia who does all of Nancy Pelosi’s dirty work to distract voters from Joe Biden’s disastrous administration,” Hageman charged. “I am standing for Wyoming First and America First values, which is something that Liz Cheney cannot and will not say.”
For her part, Cheney is closer than ever before to potentially losing her seat.
Recent polling shows Cheney down double-digits in her primary against Harriet Hageman, a GOP activist who is endorsed by Donald Trump.
“I think that the race itself will be really ugly,” said former Campbell County Commissioner Mark Christensen. “I would say probably in the next month or two we’re going to see things get much more aggressive out here.”
“I certainly think that’s gonna hurt her, especially here in Wyoming where you’ve got an extremely conservative base,” said GOP state Rep. Landon Brown, a Cheney ally. “I think this will probably be the bloodiest race in Wyoming’s history.”
Republican voters in Wyoming are sick and tired of being represented by a Pelosi puppet like Liz Cheney.
Harriet Hageman wins big in congressional straw poll held by Wyoming GOP activistshttps://t.co/sKf6NVsrGF
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 23, 2022
Liz Cheney loses WY GOP straw poll vote 59-6 to Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman. https://t.co/wfsWjrukUF
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) January 24, 2022
In a SoCo Strategies poll conducted to gauge the impact of Trump endorsements, Cheney is 18-points behind Trump-backed Hageman.
The new survey of Republican voters found that Hageman leads Cheney, 38%-18%.
The independent survey — not done for Cheney or Hageman — was included in a handful of other state results showing that a Trump endorsement can be a game-changer.
In a September statement, Trump said he is backing Wyoming attorney Hageman, whom he said “is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican” Cheney.
“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis,” Trump continued.
“Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which [President Joe] Biden has already given up),” he added.
“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats’ number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!” the former president concluded.