New York: Voters in the US state of Wyoming have ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a rare Republican critic of former President Donald Trump, in a primary election.
She was trounced by a relative political newcomer and Trump-backed candidate, Harriet Hageman.
Cheney, 56, was one of only two members of her party to join the congressional committee investigating Trump’s attempts to cling to power. The three-term Congresswoman was once a rising Republican star, a BBC report said.
All 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after his supporters attacked the US Capitol building in January last year have been targeted in a scorched-earth campaign of revenge.
So far, four have retired, and now four have been defeated by his chosen candidates on primary ballots in the states of Wyoming, Washington, Michigan, and South Carolina.
Only two have successfully maintained their places on the Republican ticket for re-election.
The daughter of ex-Vice-President Dick Cheney, Cheney was the last of the 10 to face the Trumpian assault, the BBC said.
Seventy percent of voters in Wyoming cast their ballots for Trump in 2020.
Opinion polls had consistently shown Hageman — who has stated she believes that the election was “rigged” — leading in Wyoming by a large margin.
With partial results in Tuesday night’s vote count showing Hageman ahead by more than 30 percentage points, most US networks called the race for her not long after polls closed.
In her concession speech, Cheney made clear she would not let up in her criticism of Trump, who has been hinting he may run for the White House again in 2024, the report said.
“I have said since (last year’s US Capitol riot on) January 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office, and I mean it,” she said.
Cheney said she could easily have won re-election if she had gone along with Trump’s false claims that he — not President Joe Biden — won the 2020 election, BBC reported.
“That was a path I could and would not take,” she said.
Trump congratulated Hageman on her victory in a post on his social media platform, Truth Social.
He also said: “Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others.
“Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now.”