Carbon County GOP Chairman Correnti Asks House Candidates If They Will Drop Out

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party asked Wyoming’s U.S. House candidates on Thursday if they will drop out of the race following former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of new candidate Harriet Hageman.

During a House candidate forum held earlier this year, many of the contenders indicated they would abandon their runs if Trump did not endorse them.

Correnti emailed the House candidates on Thursday morning and pointedly asked them about their plans.

“Based on your earlier statement when asked ‘Candidates, will you endorse the candidate that President Trump endorses…at the K.W. Miller Forum, [your] answer was ‘YES GOP NATIONAL AN GOP WYOMING,'” Correnti wrote.

“Based on your answer to that question, and the newly formed situation where President Trump has now officially endorsed Harriet Hageman…are you prepared to honor your word to the people and endorse Harriet…for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and step aside in this race?”

It wasn’t clear if any of the candidates to which he reached out responded.

Candidates Denton Knapp, Darin Smith and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s question about if they were going to drop it. Smith and Gray also met with the former president earlier in the summer.

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, will stay in the race, campaign spokeswoman April Poley confirmed to Cowboy State Daily.

“He isn’t one of the five that promised to drop out,” she said.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney reacted to the endorsement by posting Trump’s statement on her Twitter account along with two words:  “Bring it.”

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