After former President Donald Trump endorsed Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman’s primary challenge against his top congressional Republican nemesis Rep. Liz Cheney, the rest of the candidates in the crowded primary field faced immediate pressure to end their campaigns and back his pick.
But while two candidates have dropped out in light of the endorsement, at least four Cheney challengers say that they intend to stay in the race.
The former president had long urged “JUST ONE CANDIDATE” to run against Cheney. The risk if candidates stay in the race is that the anti-Cheney field could split the vote , and Cheney could win the primary with only a plurality, all but cementing her reelection in the reliably Republican state.
That worry prompted a question to candidates at a June forum about whether they would drop out of the race if they did not lead the anti-Cheney field come May 2022, when candidates