Embattled Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who’s reelection campaign is under fire from former President Donald Trump, widely trails her top challenger in a new 2022 survey.
In the SoCo Strategies poll conducted to gauge the impact of Trump endorsements, Cheney is 18-points behind Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.
The new survey of Republican voters found that Hageman, a GOP activist and Cheyenne land and water rights attorney, leads Cheney, 38%-18%. State Representative Anthony Bouchard is at 12% and 26% are undecided.
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. State officials this week announced that Trump plans to hold a rally next spring in Wyoming for Hageman far ahead of the August 16 primary.
What if found is that a Trump endorsement matters, a vote to impeach him hurts and the GOP base still likes Trump.
Zachary Moyle of Las Vegas-based SoCo Strategies said, “The results demonstrate that regardless of geographic campaign, current sentiment is the same. An endorsement from President Trump is almost paramount. Voters support President Trump by overwhelming margins, and anti-Trump candidates are not faring well.”
He added, “This polling shows that one thing is clear, Trump’s endorsement equals a victory in just about any Republican primary.” Trump beat President Joe Biden in Wyoming in 2020 by some 70 points.
He noted that his survey was of "Republicans" and not weighted, so it is an early sketch of where the voters are. The firm specializes in communications and strategy.
Cheney has shown little fear of Trump or his endorsement of Hageman. She continues to rip the former president’s actions on Jan. 6 and after.
And she has continued to push for state projects in Washington which many of her constituents give her credit for.
She has also far outraised Hageman, though the campaign is just heating up. For example, this week Cheney hit Hageman for a "reckless" characterization of the lawmaker's vote on a medical bill.