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Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) participate in the third hearing on the investigation into the January 6 US Capitol attack. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Cheney’s opponents in Wyoming aren’t just hitting her on her anti-Trump and January 6 work.

In Washington, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is a major national figure. The former member of House Republican leadership has earned plaudits for her handling of the key role of vice-chair of the January 6 select committee and is considered the foremost critic of Donald Trump within the GOP.

But in Wyoming, that work is being used to paint her as out of touch with voters and the pocketbook issues they care about, and increase her already tough odds of holding on to her seat.

Cheney is under siege in her home state, facing a brutal primary against her Trump-backed opponent Harriet Hageman in the state where Trump had his best performance in 2020. The former president has already held a Memorial Day weekend rally in Casper to boost Hageman and deride Cheney and is likely to return to the Cowboy State before the August primary. Cheney has been censured by the local and national GOP. According to one Republican strategist supporting Hageman, the incumbent has a hard cap of around 30 percent of the primary electorate in polling.

Outrider PAC, a group founded earlier this month to boost Hageman, is out with a new ad this week, exclusively obtained by Vox, attacking Cheney — though not by name — and boosting Hageman. “We need fewer DC divas and more problem solvers,” the ad says, hinting that Cheney is too involved in Washington “fighting” while gas prices skyrocket. The ad heralds Hageman as a supporter of “bipartisan efforts to increase American energy independence and help bring more of the supply chain back to the US.”

The group has already spent over $30,000 on the radio advertisement and is anticipating spending over $100,000 solely on Wyoming radio in the...

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