Primary Election Updates: Wyoming and Alaska Live News - The New York Times

Primary Election Updates: Wyoming and Alaska Live News - The New York Times

Primary Election Updates: Wyoming and Alaska Live News - The New York Times
Aug 17, 2022 19 mins, 3 secs

House primary in Wyoming.

Source: A.P.Note: In the Alaska primary, up to four candidates can advance to the general.

— Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming was decisively defeated by Harriet Hageman in her Republican primary on Tuesday, handing Donald J.

Trump his most prized trophy yet in his long campaign to purge the Republican Party of his critics.

Cheney, the daughter of a former vice president and former member of the House Republican leadership.

Trump, and vice chairwoman of the committee investigating the Jan.

Trump and others who deny his loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Cheney made clear Republican primary voters’ frequent willingness to reject officeholders who openly and aggressively confront Mr.

Trump, even as the former president remains embroiled in multiple investigations.

Just two of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr.

Trump last year will advance to the general election this fall.

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.


Trump of incitement of insurrection, is in a re-election fight against a field led by Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican and former state official whom Mr.

Trump endorsed.

Palin is running both in a special election runoff for a House seat and in a primary for a full term of her own.

Trump celebrated Ms.

Cheney, slamming her “spiteful, sanctimonious words.”.

Cheney has vowed to continue her fight against the former president, casting the primary as only one front in a longer political war in which she’s determined to prevail.

Cheney has long been resigned to her political demise in the state that elevated her father 44 years ago to the seat she now holds.

Cheney delivered her concession speech in measured tones, speaking as if she was on the Jan.

primary, a prospect Ms.

Cheney seemed to acknowledge this month when she said her “very sick” party might take “several cycles” to change.

Trump in her campaign literature and her television advertising and echoed his false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, and she was rewarded for it in a state that had handed the former president 70 percent of the vote two years ago, his largest percentage in any state.

Hageman’s evolution from Trump critic to vehicle for his political revenge.

Trump “racist and xenophobic” and tried to block his path to the G.O.P.

Trump “the greatest president of my lifetime.”.

Cheney, too, has dramatically shifted her views on Mr.

Trump, from reliable ally on policy to antagonist in the aftermath of his refusal to accept defeat.

After a number of Wyoming Republicans vied for Mr.

primary for governor.

Cheney were once political allies.

Trump “a coward,” making it even clearer that she was using the primary as a stage for her crusade against Mr.

Trump in the aftermath of his defeat in 2020 only to subsequently mute their criticism.

Brian Kemp of Georgia and Representatives David Valadao of California and Daniel Newhouse of Washington, the two House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr.

Trump but managed to reach the general election.

Cheney openly appealing for votes from Democrats and independents, many here responded to that call — even if they couldn’t quite believe they were momentarily registering as Republicans to back a Cheney.

Showing up at the town hall in Jackson to cast a ballot on Monday, the last day of early voting, Maggie Shipley, who works for a local nonprofit organization, said she was switching her registration to Republican to participate in the primary and vote for Ms.

To reach the special general election for Alaska's House seat, the three candidates — Sarah Palin, Nick Begich III and Mary Peltola — had to prevail over a crowded field of 48 that included a councilman legally named Santa Claus.

Al Gross, an independent who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 2020, dropped out after making it to the general election, and Tara Sweeney, who came in fifth place and missed the chance to make it to the ballot, is now running as a write-in.

In a Facebook Live video from the passenger’s seat of a car earlier this evening, Lisa Murkowski framed the primary as “not necessarily about party, but it’s about us as Alaskans and our future.” The open primary system, coupled with the ranked-choice general election in November, is widely seen as intended to benefit more centrist candidates like Murkowski.

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming was the last of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald J.

6, 2021, to face voters in a Republican primary.

Trump had made it his vengeful mission to force the 10 Republicans who defied him out of Congress, and he has largely been successful: Eight of them, including Ms.

Cheney, have either been defeated in primary races or chose not to run again at all.

With Liz Cheney’s defeat on Tuesday, eight of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald J.

Trump have either lost their primary races or are retiring.

“Harriet will be a tremendous ally in the fight to unleash American energy, combat inflation and secure our southern border,” said Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, in a statement congratulating Hageman.

One stark data point in Wyoming: Cheney is winning Teton County, one of two counties in the state won by President Biden, with about 80 percent of the vote.

6 committee hearings, the concession speech Liz Cheney just concluded was clearly aimed more at history than at today’s Republican Party.

Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, and that she understood doing so would have been politically expedient.

“If we do not hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this conduct, and it will become a feature of all elections,” Cheney says, referring to the notion that the results of a democratic election, affirmed by the courts, can be overturned by violence.

Representative Liz Cheney has conceded to her Republican primary opponent, Harriet Hageman.

“This primary election is over, but now the real work begins,” she told supporters just now in her concession speech.

With today’s special election, Alaskans will soon have representation in the House for the first time since March, when Don Young died unexpectedly after nearly 50 years in office.

With about a third of the estimated vote in from Sweetwater County in Wyoming — a center of fossil fuel extraction — Harriet Hageman has a four-to-one advantage over Liz Cheney.

Voter registration numbers released by the Wyoming secretary of state’s office on Tuesday show a substantial increase in registered Republicans and a decrease in registered Democrats in the weeks leading up to the election: From July 1 through Aug.

The main race we are watching is the Republican primary for Wyoming’s sole House seat.

6 attack on the Capitol, and the last of the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment to face voters — is expected to lose renomination to Harriet Hageman, who is backed by former President Donald J.

Dunleavy, 61, who is the front-runner, must withstand a crowded nonpartisan primary on Tuesday as part of the state’s new election system.

The top four finishers among the 10 candidates will advance to the general election in November, which will use ranked choice for the first time in a governor’s contest.

Dunleavy’s opponents include Les Gara, a Democrat and former state legislator backed by Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates; Charlie Pierce, the mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, who received the Alaska Republican Party’s endorsement along with Mr.

In Teton County, which voted for Biden by a 38-point margin in 2020, the number of voters registered as Republicans has jumped 46 percent since January, while the total number of registered voters has ticked up only 3 percent.

In Albany County, the only other Wyoming county that voted for Biden in 2020, the number of registered Republicans jumped 22 percent, and 85 percent of early and mail-in ballots were cast in the Republican primary.

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming may not prevail in her Republican primary on Tuesday, but her effort to convince Democrats and independents to support her candidacy appears to have paid off in Wyoming’s bluest county, Teton, where Ms.

Interviews at polling places in the county on Monday, the last day of early voting, and on Tuesday turned up a stream of voters re-registering as Republicans in order to participate in the party’s primary and vote for Ms.

Hoyt was Andy Calders, a musician who said he is a Democrat but registered as a Republican in Wyoming so that he could participate in nominating contests for the state’s dominant party.

Trump “accountable for what he’s obviously done” in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump backed Harriet Hageman in the primary against Ms.

Cheney in the primary.

Tonight’s big news will be the fate of Representative Liz Cheney, whose latter-day conversion from dedicated Republican partisan to Donald Trump’s chief inquisitor in Congress has been one of the most compelling story lines of the last 18 months.

In just a few hours, we should know whether Cheney is able to retain her seat as Wyoming’s lone House member while helping investigate her own party’s leader — or whether her decision to do so has made her anathema to Republican base voters.

Surveys show Cheney well behind her primary opponent, a Trump supporter named Harriet Hageman, even though she has vastly outraised and outspent her challenger thanks to her much louder national megaphone.

It was Cheney who spoke up inside the Republican Party after the assault on the Capitol, asking her colleagues whether Trump was considering resigning after whipping up the mob on Jan?

And it was Cheney whose road-to-Damascus moment has awakened her to an entirely new mission: from rapidly ascending the ranks of Republican leadership in the House to turning her back on a party whose course her family has done so much to shape?

To make sense of Cheney’s astonishing turn — and her apparent stoicism in the face of what looks like almost certain defeat in today’s primary election in Wyoming — I spoke with my colleague Jonathan Martin, who knows the full arc of her story about as well as anyone.

But as for motivations, I don’t think it’s more complicated than what she’s said publicly about her paramount goal: to stop Trump from returning to the White House.

6 committee (which, far more than the Wyoming primary, is her focus).

What do you think Liz Cheney learned about politics or life or public service from her dad.

But she grew up in a House family, her dad serving as the second-ranking Republican in the 1980s.

And Liz herself appeared to be on track to be a future speaker until she broke with much of her party after the 2020 election.

I’ve heard it said that Cheney thinks she is playing to history, and that she is willingly choosing martyrdom in Wyoming because in some sense she thinks it’s fate.

We know from polling that Trump is stronger with Republicans without college degrees.

In case you missed it, Jonathan Martin visited Cody, Wyo., on the eve of Tuesday’s Republican primary — which he called “the likely end of the Cheneys’ two-generation dynasty in Wyoming as well as the passing of a less tribal and more clubby and substance-oriented brand of politics.”.

In “Liz Cheney and the Fate of the 10 Republicans Who Defied Trump,” Michael Bender and Malika Khurana assess the former president’s campaign of vengeance against the House Republicans who voted to impeach him over the Capitol riot.

Reid Epstein trudged around Wyoming back in February, when it was still unclear whether Cheney was planning to run again.

What he found: a state that seemed ready to choose Trump over his would-be nemesis.

Beyond Liz Cheney’s race in Wyoming, two other prominent Republican women — Senator Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential nominee — are facing primary voters today in Alaska.

Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin, the White House counsel and his deputy under Trump, are said to have been interviewed by the F.B.I.

Much of the United States should be asleep by the time the first definitive election results pour in on Tuesday from Wyoming and Alaska, given their locations in western time zones and one state’s new election format.

In Wyoming, Representative Liz Cheney is bracing for a Republican primary defeat to Harriet Hageman, a rival who has former President Donald J.

In the 2020 general election, 100 percent of Wyoming’s precincts had reported election results as of 2:49 a.m.

If the polls are accurate, the Republican primary for the state’s lone House seat may not be a drawn-out affair.

26 to be received at state election offices.

The system will be used in the special House race to fill the seat of Representative Don Young, a Republican who died in March, for the remainder of his term that ends in January.

But the challenger who unseated her in Tuesday’s Republican primary, Harriet Hageman, has a track record in Wyoming of fierce advocacy on issues particularly relevant to the state’s ranchers, energy and mining interests.

“She has a long reputation among the conservation and sportsman groups of being an anti-federalist, particularly when it comes to ownership of land,” said Dan Smitherman, the Wyoming state director at the Wilderness Society.

Hageman, Tim Murtaugh, said on Tuesday before the polls closed that, if elected, “Harriet Hageman will make fighting against the administrative state her signature issue in Congress, because Wyoming is often targeted by the federal government, which attacks its resource industries and controls too much of its land.”.

Before the primary on Tuesday, Ms.

Trump in a state he won with 70 percent of the vote in 2020.

Cheney, 56, has infuriated the former president and much of her party’s base by serving as co-chairwoman of the House committee investigating the Jan.

Of the House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr.

Trump for inciting the mob that day, she was the last to face primary voters.

Four of the 10 House Republicans who voted against the former president retired, four including Ms.

Cheney lost their primaries and two survived to make it to the general election this fall.

With Liz Cheney’s defeat on Tuesday, eight of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald J.

Trump have either lost their primary races or are retiring.

Cheney at a state party convention in 2016 as a “courageous constitutional conservative.” That year, Ms.

By 2020, when she campaigned in and won an internal party race to be one of Wyoming’s members of the National Republican Committee, Ms.

Cheney’s own Wyoming roots — her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and her mother, Lynne, were high school sweethearts in Casper — Ms.

Hageman, the daughter of a longtime member of the State Legislature, earned her law degree from the University of Wyoming.

Trump, whom she called “the weakest” candidate Republicans could nominate.

The state is also holding an open primary with 22 candidates from all parties and affiliations to fill his seat from 2023 onward.

The ballot itself looks pretty simple to read: Four names for the special election on one side and 22 on the flip side for the primary.

WASILLA, Alaska — A day before Alaska’s primary, Nick Begich III, a Republican contender for the state’s lone congressional seat, sought to define himself as a young and idealistic fiscal conservative, despite sharing a last name with the best-known Democratic family in the state.

Palin, are two of the three top contenders in a special election on Tuesday.

All three are also vying in an open primary on Tuesday to to serve beginning in 2023.

The state Republican Party endorsed Mr.

The field of candidates in an open primary to replace former Representative Don Young of Alaska, who died in March, is packed: eight Republicans, one Democrat and 13 other contenders, for a total of 22 names on the ballot on Tuesday.

But there are two other strong candidates in the race: Nick Begich III, a former co-chairman of the Alaska Republican Party’s Finance Committee, and Mary Peltola, a Democratic former state lawmaker.

Those three are also on the ballot in a separate special election on Tuesday, which will determine who fills the seat until the current term ends in January.

Trump’s lies about the 2020 election but has not directly rejected them.

Peltola — the only Democrat in the 22-candidate primary — served in the Alaska House from 2009 to 2019 before becoming the executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, which works with tribes to manage salmon resources.

Voters in Alaska on Tuesday will test for the first time a new ranked-choice system for a general election, in a special race for the state’s single House seat.

And they will take part in the state’s new open-primary system, which was first deployed during a special House primary in June.

Alaska’s unique election system, which voters approved in a 2020 ballot initiative, changes how the state administers both primary and general elections.

That new system could help Senator Lisa Murkowski, a three-term incumbent, weather Tuesday’s primary challenge from Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican attorney endorsed by former President Donald J.

If both women both proceed to the general election but no candidate receives a majority of votes on Election Day, Democrats who include Ms.

Tshibaka initially but prevailing in the third round, after two Democratic candidates had been eliminated in a hypothetical general election contest.

Three candidates whom voters selected in a special primary earlier this year — two Republicans, Sarah Palin and Nick Begich III, and a Democrat, Mary Peltola — as well as some write-in candidates are competing to fill Alaska’s only House seat for just five months until Mr.

The National Basketball Association said Tuesday that it would not schedule any games on Election Day, Nov.

The 2020 season had not yet started by Election Day that year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

arenas were used as voting sites for the 2020 election.

Trump last year, and on Tuesday, she is running for re-election as a proud G.O.P.

Trump, Alaska’s Republican Party censured her and joined him in embracing a right-wing primary challenger, Kelly Tshibaka.

Murkowski, 65, this contest amounts to a high-stakes bet that voters in the famously independent state of Alaska will reward a Republican centrist at a time of extreme partisanship.

Instead, she will compete in a primary on Tuesday that is open to candidates of any political stripe, followed by a general election in which voters will rank the top four to emerge from the primary to determine a winner.

Murkowski famously lost her Republican primary election in 2010 to a Tea Party-backed candidate, then ran anyway as an independent and triumphed in a historic write-in campaign with a coalition of centrists and Alaska Natives.

At an event last month honoring the 14,000 Japanese Americans who were once held at the Heart Mountain internment camp near here, Representative Liz Cheney was overcome with emotions, and a prolonged standing ovation wasn’t the only reason.

Her appearance — with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as former Senator Alan Simpson and the children of Norman Mineta, a Democratic congressman turned transportation secretary who was sent to the camp when he was 10 — was part of a groundbreaking for the new Mineta-Simpson Institute.

Cheney was moved, she said, by the presence of the survivors and by their enduring commitment to the country that imprisoned them during World War II.

Cheney faces a near-certain defeat on Tuesday in her House primary, it is the likely end of the Cheneys’ two generations of power in Wyoming as well as the passing of a less tribal and more clubby and substance-oriented brand of politics.

Trump, to the House, and nostalgia in Wyoming is running deeper than the Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

Trump continue to rack up primary wins.

A former local television news host, Kari Lake, won the Republican primary for governor with Mr

Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen

State Representative Mark Finchem, who is affiliated with the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and said before the primary that he would not concede if he lost, won the Republican nomination for secretary of state, a position in which he would oversee Arizona elections

And David Farnsworth won a State Senate primary against Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker who drew Trump supporters’ fury for resisting efforts to overturn the 2020 election and for testifying before the Jan

Trump’s preferred candidate, Tim Michels, won the Republican primary for governor, defeating former Lt

But Robin Vos, the powerful speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly, fended off a challenge — barely — from Adam Steen, a Trump endorsee who had called for eliminating most absentee and early voting in the state and for decertifying the 2020 election

Representative Peter Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr

Trump, lost his primary to a Trump-backed challenger, John Gibbs, in Michigan’s Third Congressional District

Another Trump endorsee, Joe Kent, defeated a pro-impeachment Republican, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, in Washington State

Trump after supporting his second impeachment, advanced over his Trump-endorsed opponent, Loren Culp, thanks largely to Washington State’s open primary system

Trump’s handpicked candidate, in the Republican primary for governor

Kemp became a Trump target after he refused to overturn the president’s loss in the state in 2020

In a primary runoff for an open seat in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, Rich McCormick, a physician and retired Marine, defeated the Trump-backed candidate Jake Evans, the former chairman of the state’s ethics commission and the son of a Trump administration ambassador

Trump, dominated a Senate primary and will face Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, in the general election

Doug Mastriano, a state senator and retired Army colonel who has promoted false claims about the 2020 election and attended the protest leading up to the Capitol riot, won the Republican nomination for governor

Trump had endorsed him just a few days before the primary

Trump, was catapulted to victory in his primary for a House seat outside Raleigh

Representative Tom Rice, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr

Trump, was ousted by his Trump-backed challenger, State Representative Russell Fry, in the Seventh Congressional District

Trump and had helped lead his efforts to overturn the presidential election results in Nevada

Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, handily defeated Kelly Schulz — a protégé of Gov

Larry Hogan, a leader of the Republican Party’s anti-Trump wing — in the party’s primary for governor in Maryland

Cox benefited from more than $1 million in advertising from the Democratic Governors Association, which helped his primary campaign in hopes that he would be easier to defeat in the general election

Trump, won the Republican primary for governor in Illinois after similar spending by Democrats, including Gov

Trump months ago, won her House primary against fellow Representative Rodney Davis after redistricting put them in the same district

Trump, won his House primary

Trump’s endorsement of the state’s lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, who was challenging him in the Republican primary

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