Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney this week filed for reelection in her toughest race yet, Politico reports.
There were some rumors that Cheney would avoid a primary fight after being targeted by former President Donald Trump over her vote to impeach and her role on the House January 6 committee.
Fellow Republican Adam Kinzinger chose to retire rather than face a Trump-backed challenge but Cheney plans to run anyway.
In a video on Thursday, Cheney vowed not to “surrender to pressure or intimidation.”
“If our generation does not stand for truth, the rule of law and our Constitution, if we set aside our founding principles for the politics of the moment, the miracle of our constitutional republic will slip away,” she said. “We must not let that happen.”
Poll shows big gap:
A poll released by the conservative Club for Growth, which is backing Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman, shows Cheney losing badly.
Hageman leads Cheney 56-26 in the poll with a third Republican trailing at 12% and 6% of voters undecided.
A previous poll showed that 52% of Wyoming Republican primary voters planned to vote against Cheney regardless of her challenger.
GOP lines up behind Hageman:
More than 100 House Republicans have signed on to host fundraisers for Hageman, including House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and House GOP Chair Elise Stefanik.
The Wyoming Values PAC, led by Trump allies, has also booked over $300,000 in TV ads to back Hageman.
But Cheney has seen an influx of cash, raising $6.8 million to Hageman’s $1 million.
Wyoming law also allows voters to switch parties until the primaries, raising the prospect that some Democrats could choose to back Cheney. Trump backed a bill to limit crossover voting but the Republican-led legislature rejected the legislation in March.