Cheney quits Republican Wyoming Senate primary - KOTA Territory News

Cheney quits Republican Wyoming Senate primary

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney announced last summer she would challenge long time U.S. Senator Mike Enzi in the Republican primary in Wyoming.

Now she's dropping out and there are some who are celebrating her decision.

"Wyoming, for the most part, has wonderful people. Both she and her father are not among those wonderful people," said Patty Terry of Story.

But others were warming up to her.

"She's a worthy candidate. She was very active in terms of her wishes and desires for being in the Senate," said Jerry Iekel of Sheridan.

Cheney was a hot topic in coffee shops and other meeting places in Wyoming and Iekel, a former state legislator, said he probably would have voted for Enzi, but hopes Cheney will try again.

"That would be fine. It would be great if she did," said Iekel.

A few partisan polls showed Enzi with a huge lead and people like Terry think that may have factored into Cheney's decision.

"This might have been a wakeup call that the name does not stand proudly," said Terry.

A statement from Cheney said "serious health issues have recently arisen in our family," as her reason for dropping out.

Either way with her out the excitement surrounding the August primary is dying down.

"Naturally I doubt that the campaign will be as intense," said Enzi for Wyoming Sheridan County co-chair Harlan Rasmussen.

"Undoubtedly it got easier," said Iekel.

"I don't believe that there's another candidate out there, at least none that I'm aware of, who would be able to generate the kind of financing that Liz Cheney was possible of. But there's a long time before the primary," said Rasmussen.

Senator Enzi released a statement saying, "We have tremendous respect for Liz's decision. She and her entire family are in our thoughts and prayers."

The Wyoming Republican Party also released a statement wishing the best to Cheney's family and called her "A rising star in Wyoming and national politics."

The only other announced Senatorial candidate is Thomas Bleming, who lost in the Republican primary in 2012 to Sen. John Barrasso 73,498 to 5,077.

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