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In concession, Cheney compares self to Lincoln, doesn’t endorse GOP primary victor Hageman

"Lincoln was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before one of the most important elections of all," Cheney said.

Published: August 17, 2022 12:22am

Updated: August 17, 2022 1:12am

Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney declined to endorse her challenger, attorney Harriet Hageman, in her concession speech on Tuesday evening — but did liken herself to Abraham Lincoln.

Cheney voted to impeach former President Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. She later accepted a position from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.

Hageman trounced Cheney in her bid for a fourth term, leading by 66%-29% with 90% of the vote counted, according to Decision Desk HQ.

In her concession speech, Cheney compared herself to President Abraham Lincoln. 

"The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all," she said. "Lincoln ultimately prevailed. He saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history."

Some have speculated Cheney might run for president in 2024, but she didn't elaborate on her future plans in Tuesday evening's speech. 

"Tonight Harriet Hageman has received the most votes in this primary," Cheney acknowledged. "She won. I called her to concede the race. This primary election is over, but now the real work begins." 

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