The bitter feud between Donald Trump and Liz Cheney will come to a head on Tuesday as Wyoming voters decide who takes the victory lap. Their rivalry and Cheney's future in politics are not over even if the outcome is different.
Cheney is a member of a political dynasty. She has been attacked by Trump. She was repudiated by her fellow Republicans in Congress. She is polling in favor of her opponent. As vice chairperson of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, Cheney has helped conduct eight public hearings designed to show Trump's culpability, but they have so far failed to change public opinion. She reached out to Democrats in the red state to get more votes.
She will continue her fight to rid the Republican Party of Trump even if she loses.
The three-term lawmaker has repeatedly expressed her commitment to calling out Trump's lies, pinning responsibility on him for the Capitol attack, and making him a threat to the country. Cheney promised to "work every day to ensure that our exceptional nation lasts."
We will win this battle no matter how long it takes.
Even if Cheney is ousted from Congress, her allies think she has a bright career ahead of her. A top post in a Republican administration is one of the possibilities.
I hope she gets the win. She's had fundraisers for me. Romney told Insider that it might not be possible in the time of Trump. I don't think she has left by any means. I think she's going to run for president.
The 56-year-old congresswoman, who grew up in the political sphere as the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has quickly cultivated a national presence in the past year.
Her campaign has focused more on defending the Constitution and peaceful transfer of power and less on bread-and-butter issues in Wyoming. Some of the $13 million raised by Cheney could be used for a future campaign. Cheney says her priority is to make sure Trump doesn't get near the office again.
Is she going to win her primary? It's absolutely true. It is more than that for her. It's why she's campaigning in a different way than anyone else, according to Doug Heye, a Republican strategist. He said that Cheney has shown that she's not going to go away quietly and that this is a long-term fight.
Cheney has said that she will be re-elected. If she's defeated by Hageman she's trying to avoid talking about her future. The door is still open for Cheney to run. Should Trump decide to launch a third campaign, she warned her party not to vote for him.
She told ABC News in July that she would make a decision in the future.
Cheney's allies want her to stay in Congress, but also want her to run for president.
She needs to win the election. She would be a great presidential candidate if she doesn't, according to Joe McGinley, state committeeman of Wyoming's Natrona County Republican Party. A person who is willing to be pragmatic and work through problems is what we're missing right now. I believe Cheney would be a great way to bridge the gap.
She has a bright future in politics and the Republican party.
It's not clear if there would be enough support in the Republican Party for a Cheney candidacy. Romney, Bush, and Ryan have all endorsed her for reelection in Wyoming. Trump's hold on the party is big.
Her support within the Republican Party is large. According to the political director of the anti-Trump group Republican Accountability Project, it's too early in the game to say it's a done deal. It is a good thing to have at least one Republican who is willing to put the Constitution and the truth ahead of Donald Trump.
Cheney could potentially follow in her father's footsteps and become the running mate to a future presidential nominee. She could apply for a cabinet position under a future GOP administration.
I think she's going to land if Cheney is ousted and no longer a member of Congress. Susan Stubson, a Cheney supporter and precinct committeewoman for the Natrona County GOP, told Insider that she would be okay. Secretary of defense makes a lot of sense to me.
Even if Cheney is still Wyoming's sole representative, she will continue to be a critic of the president. She has been speaking out against Trump in recent months. There will be more public hearings this fall for the January 6 committee.
"I intend to be very involved and engaged, again no matter what happens, in these issues that are so fundamental to, I believe, the survival of our republic," Cheney told CNN in an interview.
Stubson told Insider that she believes it's important to keep her voice in the public dialogue even if Cheney loses on Tuesday.
She is moving in a positive direction and I am excited about it. Stubson hoped that her star would continue to rise. It's clear to me that the case that Cheney is making for democracy is popular.