Wyoming and Alaska 2022 election results

Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman and her husband John Sundahl wave to the crowd at her primary election night party in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Tuesday. (Eli Imadali/Reuters)

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who since the Capitol uprising has become the Republican Party’s most vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, has been ousted from her House seat by Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, CNN reported Tuesday.

As Alaskans finish their voting, here are the top takeaways from the contest on Tuesday in The Cowboy State:

Trump’s intra-party rivals: Trump and his allies spent the spring and summer bitterly contesting Republican primaries on a political map where loyalty to the former President is a key factor.

He lost several high-profile battles, including in Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger are the challengers behind Trump.

But in most open-seat races, Trump’s candidates prevailed. And on Tuesday in Wyoming, Trump, who endorsed Hageman the day he entered the race against Cheney, claimed his biggest victory yet.

Cheney chose to go down fighting: In the lead-up to Tuesday’s primary, Cheney insisted he was trying to win.

But his strategy — trying to convince the Republican electorate in a state the former President won by a margin of 43 percentage points in 2020 to turn on him — suggests he made a different choice: to go down swinging.

US Rep gave a concession speech.  Liz Cheney to supporters in Jackson, Wyoming, on Tuesday.
US Rep gave a concession speech. Liz Cheney to supporters in Jackson, Wyoming, on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

His election night event, at a ranch in Jackson Hole with the sun setting over the Grand Tetons in the background, did not feature any television screens so supporters could watch the results tabulated on a a race that Cheney was certain to lose.

He told supporters he could have been satisfied with Trump doing what he did in the primary two years before: winning with 73% of the vote. Cheney’s decision to use the spotlight of his high-profile House primary to tee off on Trump was never a win in Wyoming. But it endeared him to a segment of anti-Trump donors and positioned him as the GOP’s toughest critic of Trump.

What’s next for Cheney? The three-term congressman has not said what his next political move will be — including whether he will run for president in 2024 as a foil for Trump. But he used his speech to preview an ongoing battle with Trump, without laying out exactly what that means.

As he took the stage, Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” blared over the event’s speakers.

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