Liz Cheney state primaries result: Wyoming rep, Palin and Murkowski to learn their fate as Trump gloats

Liz Cheney ad calls out opponents’ stance on the ‘Big Lie’

Voters will decide the fates of two high-profile Republicans on Tuesday as primary elections occur in Alaska and Wyoming, two of the reddest states in the country.

In Wyoming, the vice chair of the House select committee investigating January 6, Liz Cheney, faces an effort by Donald Trump to punish her for disloyalty in the form of Harriet Hageman, her former staffer and current top rival.

Ms Cheney is deep underwater in the polls, and could lose tomorrow by more than 20 points by most indications. However, she has one trick up her sleeve: Democrats, who are rallying behind her in an attempt to block another 2020 electon conspiracist from office. Wyoming has closed primaries, but voters can change their registration on the day of voting.

Meanwhile in Alaska, the state’s former governor and right-wing provocateur Sarah Palin is seeking to make a political comeback after resigning her previous office under a cloud of ethics investigations. She trailed a fellow Republican, as well as one Democrat in the race, in a poll measuring her support levels last month. Alaska has ranked-choice voting, meaning that the candidates will have to contend with both Democratic and Republican voters deciding the outcome.


What to watch for in today’s primaries

Elections in Wyoming and Alaska on Tuesday could relaunch the political career of a former Republican star and effectively end the career of another — at least for now.

Here’s what to look out for:


Sarah Palin’s ex-in-laws have scheduled an election eve party for her opponent

Jim and Faye Palin, the ex-in-laws of Sarah Palin, have said that they’ll be hosting a party for the opponent, Nick Begich, of the former Alaska governor’s.

Mr Begich, who is running against Ms Palin for Alaska’s lone seat in the House, received Ms Palin’s former in-laws support months ago, after the two announced in a pair of Facebook posts that they’d be backing him and not their former daughter-in-law.

“We know many of our elected officials and candidates on a first name basis. It also makes it hard sometimes in picking who to vote for,” said Jim Palin in one of the posts shared on the Republican candidate’s Facebook page. “This election, Nick Begich is getting my vote.”

It was also revealed that the mother of Ms Palin’s ex, Todd Palin, contributed $250 on 19 May to Mr Begich’s campaign, Business Insider reported.


Cheney and Murkowski: Trump critics facing divergent futures

They hail from their states’ most prominent Republican families. They have been among the GOP’s sharpest critics of former President Donald Trump. And after the Jan. 6 insurrection, they supported his impeachment.

But for all their similarities, the political fortunes of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming are poised to diverge on Tuesday when they’re each on the ballot in closely watched primary elections.


Giuliani told he’s a target of Georgia criminal election probe

Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation being led by authorities in Georgia over the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The former New York City mayor and atttorney to Donald Trump was one of the top pushers of bogus conspiracies about the 2020 election and appeared before several panels of state lawmakers in Georgia to demand that they decertify the results showing Joe Biden the winner. Now, his actions could make him the first Trump associate to be criminally indicted for the scheme to thwart Mr Biden from becoming president.


Political fates of Cheney and Murkowski in question solely for standing up to Trump, writes NYT editorial board

On Monday night, the New York Times Editorial Board published an op-ed that shone a light on two Republicans, Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both of whom are facing primary challenges on Tuesday as they square up against opponents backed by former President Donald Trump.

“Indeed, their political fates are in question solely because they stood up to Mr. Trump when it would have been much safer and politically expedient not to,” writes the board.

The positions of Ms. Cheney and Ms. Murkowski stand in sharp relief to so many of this season’s Republican candidates, who are launching scorched-earth attacks on Democrats as “liars” even as they continue to promote Mr. Trump’s Big Lie.

Some MAGA Republicans like to pretend that they’re brave with shows of chest-beating, name-calling and machismo, and complaints about being persecuted by social media and the news media. But so much of this is political theater aimed at whipping up the Trump base, and none of it requires moral courage.

Violence, like the violence unleashed during the Jan. 6 attack, is an ever-present and growing response to political bravery in our democracy. It was there at the Capitol that day; it was there in the hate aimed at John Lewis and his fellow marchers in Selma; it was present in the alleged kidnapping plot aimed at Ms. Whitmer; and it is present in the stream of death threats endured by politicians in both parties whenever they cross a line.

The New York Times Editorial Board

Read the full editorial board piece here.


Trump gloats over Liz Cheney loss before primary polls even open: ‘You’re fired’

As polls indicate a heavy defeat is on the horizon for Liz Cheney in Wyoming, former president Donald Trump took a dig at the Republican representative and used his trademark phrase – “You’re fired” – to attack her.

Voters will decide the fate of the high-profile Republican on Tuesday as primary elections occur in Wyoming, one of the reddest states in the country.

“This is your chance to send a message to the RINOs (Republican in Name Only) and the fake news media, the radical left lunatics, that we have unfortunately too many in our country, and you’re going to elect Harriet, and you’re going to tell warmonger Liz Cheney – so bad, so negative – Liz, you’re fired,” Mr Trump told viewers at a tele-rally for Harriet Hageman on Monday.

Read the full report from my colleague Maroosha Muzaffar:


Speculation grows whether a loss for Cheney could set up a presidential run in 2024

Speculation about whether Rep Liz Cheney, an avid anti-Trump Republican whose spectre has been raised in recent months through the televised Jan 6 hearings – where she sits as the vice chair on the House committee – could make a run for the nation’s highest office in 2024.

CBS’s Robert Costa, the network’s chief election and campaign correspondent, had this to say last night about the impact of the anti-Trump Republican’s potential loss in Wyoming and what it could mean for a presidential bid:

“This is a moment that’s a reckoning for the Republican Party,” Mr Costa began. “Her political future is on the line. She faces a crucible politically.”

“But it could set her up, if she loses, for something that doesn’t usually happen to a candidate when they’re defeated in a House race, which is a national run, a presidential run.”

“She has a lot of money in the bank … she’s raised over $13m at least, and that leaves her in a position with a national fundraising base and national support from the anti-Trump wing of the Republican party.”

“Would it be enough to win the nomination? Who knows at this point. It’d be an uphill climb there as well. But that’s the kind of thing she’s looking at.”

Watch the full clip below:


Peter Navarro claims he has ‘circumstantial evidence’ that Cheney will try and steal election absentee ballots

Peter Navarro, a former White House aide in the Trump administration and a top trade advisor, claimed during an appearance on Monday night ahead of Wyoming’s primary that he believes he has “circumstantial evidence” that shows that Liz Cheney will try and “steal” the election in her state through what he describes as fraudulent absentee ballots.

“It would be ironic if Liz Cheney were found guilty tomorrow of trying to steal that election but here’s the evidence and I think there’s a pretty good circumstantial evidence,” said Mr Navarro, who has been ordered to stand trial on criminal contempt of Congress charges after he refused to cooperate with the 6 January committee, which Ms Cheney is the vice chair of.

Mr Navarro then proceeded to showcase mailers that were sent by the Cheney campaign in Wyoming in recent weeks, which detail how to request an absentee ballot.

At no point in the form does it ask for anyone to vote for Ms Cheney, though the Wyoming Secretary of State did caution the Cheney campaign against using “official election” language on campaign literature after the mailers were sent out.


FBI and Homeland Security release joint warning of potential violent extremist attacks

Two US federal agencies are warning of the potential for more attacks inspired by the anger of Donald Trump’s fans in response to the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security jointly issued a memo to officials in both agencies warning that the likelihood of domestic extremist attacks on US soil has risen dramatically since last Monday’s raid. The former president is being investigated for illegal retention of classified materials.


Voters shouldn’t decide abortion access issue, says West Virginia governor

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice scoffed Monday at a suggestion by Democratic lawmakers to let voters decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state.

The Republican governor said the state’s abortion law falls under the scrutiny of the Legislature and the attorney general.

During a legislative special session initiated by Justice last month, majority Republicans failed to pass legislation criminalizing abortion.

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