By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily
Harriet Hageman will be heading to the November general election as Wyoming’s Republican nominee for U.S. House of Representatives.
“Wyoming has spoken on behalf of everyone all across this great country who believes in the American dream, who believes in liberty, and who recognizes that our natural rights – the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal protection and due process, come from God, they do not come from the Government,” Hageman said in her victory speech.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s third and final term will run through Jan. 3, 2023.
In most ways, the race was a test on Wyoming’s allegiance to former President Donald Trump as it was the candidate’s own qualifications.
Hageman has remained loyal to Trump throughout the campaign. Her campaign was first announced through his endorsement of her in September 2021. She held a rally with Trump in May and in early August, joined in on his claim the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
Hageman’s Casper rally in May drew around 10,000 people.
Hageman held an election night party in Cheyenne on Tuesday night while Cheney held an event in Jackson.
Cheney has rarely been seen in Wyoming during the campaign and when she has, it has been at smaller events where an audience supporting is likely present. Due to security concerns, she has been flanked by members of the Capitol Police when she attends events.
“Wyoming has put the politicians on notice, not just here, but all across the country — our representatives work for us, and not the other way around,” Hageman said. “Obviously, we are all grateful for President Donald Trump, who understood Wyoming has only one congressional representative and we need make sure it counts.”
“His clear and unwavering support from the VERY beginning propelled us to victory tonight. In closing, we’re onto November – thank you Wyoming, and thank you to America – the greatest country in the history of the world. We must return her to the greatness she deserves.”
Cheney has spoken out against Trump since he started questioning the results of the 2020 election. She lost her leadership role in the House for these actions and was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party and Republican National Committee.
This past year, Cheney served as vice chair of the Jan. 6 Committee, a move a Casper Star Tribune poll showed did not help her win support among Wyoming voters.
“Wyoming has spoken on behalf of everyone who understands that our government is a government of, by and for the people,” Hageman said in her victory speech.” And that we do control the levers of power when we engage, when we participate, and when we hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.
Hageman has said Cheney has betrayed Wyoming voters for her actions against Trump. Trump won Wyoming by a larger margin than any other state in 2020. In her last ad of the campaign, Hageman said the election is not about Cheney, but the voter themselves.
“She’s made her time in Congress, and this election, all about her,” Hageman narrated. “Well, it’s not about her. It’s about you. Wyoming deserves a voice in Congress to fight for our values, our way of life.”
In her last ad of the campaign, Cheney never once asked voters to vote for her, but rather, asked them to join her fight against Trump.
In order for Cheney to have won this race, she would have to change the minds of 34% of the state’s voters from the 2020 election. This statistic does not take into account crossover voting, but only 24% of the state’s voters cast a ballot in favor of President Joe Biden in 2020.
Hageman has committed to fighting against government regulation and supporting Wyoming’s fossil fuel industries.
A land and water attorney, Hageman will likely address many issues related to Wyoming’s water rights in Congress.