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Liz Cheney's campaign is encouraging Wyoming Democrats to switch parties, vote for her

Earlier this year, Cheney told the New York Times that she would not solicit the votes of Democrats switching parties to vote in the Republican primary.

Published: June 24, 2022 9:09am

Updated: June 24, 2022 1:07pm

Embattled Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney is urging Democrats in her state to switch parties to support her August 16 primary reelection bid.

Cheney, who is polling far behind her Trump-endorsed primary challenger, sent out campaign mail last week to Wyoming voters with instructions on how to change their party affiliation to vote for her.

Her campaign website also now has a link to a form for changing parties.

According to The New York Times, Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Barbuto was among those who received the instructions.

Barbuto also says his social media feeds have been flooded with Democrats posting about receiving the Cheney mailers.

"Even if every Democrat in the state switched over, I don't think it'd be enough to help her," he said about the strongly-Republican state, which has only one House member. 

In November 2021, the Wyoming Republican Party voted in favor of no longer recognizing Cheney as a member of the GOP in its second formal rebuke for her criticism of Trump. Cheney also is the vice chairwoman of Democrat-led committee investigation the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

In February, Cheney said she was not planning on recruiting Democrats to switch parties ahead of the primary.

"That is not something that I have contemplated, that I have organized or that I will organize," she told The  Times.

On Thursday, Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler told the news outlet that Cheney is "proud to represent all Wyomingites and is working hard to earn every vote."

The campaign manager for Harriet Hageman, Cheney's Trump-backed opponent, told the Times, "Liz Cheney told The New York Times that she wouldn’t be encouraging Democrats to raid the Republican primary, but I guess the drive to hold onto power is just too strong for her to keep her word. 

What Cheney doesn’t understand is that Democrats will drop her like a bad habit after she’s no longer useful to them on the Jan. 6 committee."

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