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Liz Cheney Encourages Wyoming Democrats to Change Parties to Vote for Her

Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican whose polls are lagging far behind her Trump-approved primary challenger as her House committee hearings continue on Jan. 6, is urging Democrats in her home state to change parties to support her in the August 16 primaries.

In the past week, Wyoming Democrats received mail from Ms. Cheney’s campaign with specific instructions on how to change their party membership to vote for her. Mrs. Cheney’s campaign website now has a link to an alternate party form.

Joseph Barbuto, the chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party, was among those who received Mrs. Cheney’s instructions. Mr Barbuto said for the past week his social media feeds have been inundated with Democrats – and only Democrats – reporting receiving mailers from the Cheney campaign.

“I haven’t gotten or told any share from Republicans online that they’ve received it,” Barbuto said Thursday.

Recruiting Democratic support has been a sensitive topic for Ms. Cheney since she voted to impeach former President Donald J. Trump after the January 6, 2021 attack. She has her primary in August with Harriet Hageman, who is associated with and supported has been declared by Mr Trump to be a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. Recruiting Democrats to that fight could undermine those efforts.

In a February interview in Cheyenne, Wyo, Ms. Cheney dismissed the possibility that she would make a concerted effort to reach out to Democrats and ask them to change parties before the primary.

“That’s not something I’ve considered, organized or will organize,” Ms. Cheney told The New York Times at the time, adding that she would “work hard for every vote.”

Her spokesperson, Jeremy Adler, said Thursday that Ms. Cheney was “proud to represent all Wyomingites and works hard to earn every vote.”

Ms. Hageman’s campaign said Ms. Cheney’s attempt to recruit Democrats was a political flip-flop.

“Liz Cheney told The New York Times that she wouldn’t be encouraging Democrats to raid the Republican primary, but I think the urge to stay in power is just too strong for her to keep her word,” said Carly Miller. , Mrs. Hageman’s Campaign Manager. “What Cheney doesn’t understand is that the Democrats will drop her as a bad habit after she’s no longer useful to them on the Jan. 6 committee.”

Ms. Cheney’s tenure on the committee investigating the Capitol attack was a major topic of discussion at this month’s Democratic Party of Wyoming convention in Rock Springs, Mr. Barbuto said. He characterized Democrats as appreciating her service on the committee, but said they wouldn’t forget that “she still holds a voting record that, 97 percent of the time, was with Donald Trump. while he was in office.”

It’s pretty typical for moderate Wyoming Republicans to recruit Democrats to switch sides before the primaries — it was key to Governor Mark Gordon’s victory over a primary field that Ms. Hageman was a part of in 2018. Democrats and independents can change their party affiliations by mail. up to 14 days before the primary, or they can do so at the polls on Election Day.

Among January and June-The number of registered Republicans in Wyoming rose by 1,689, while the number of Democrats and unaffiliated voters fell by a total of 1,303, according to data from the Wyoming Secretary of State. There are more than four times as many registered Republicans as Democrats in the state.

Mr. Barbuto said he’d heard more Democrats plan to switch sides this year than in the past, but he predicted it wouldn’t be enough to help Ms. Cheney handle the ire of Republican primary voters in the state. survive.

“Even if every Democrat in the state switched,” he said, “I don’t think it would be enough to help her.”

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