WY voters overwhelmingly want Liz Cheney as Senator… from Virginia

Awk-ward. A new PPP poll finds that Wyoming voters like the idea of Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, running for the US Senate… from Virginia.

Liz Cheney recently announced that she was running for Senate from Wyoming in a primary challenge against sitting Republican Senator Mike Enzi.

Apparently, Cheney has a bit of a battle on her hands.  By a 50 to 28 margin, Wyoming voters would prefer that Liz “Anti-Leah” Cheney (he is your father, but you are no hero) run for the Senate from the lovely, bigoted, backwards state of Virginia.

A big part of the problem is that Wyomingites don’t see Cheney as a local – only 31% says she is, whereas a fully 50% say she isn’t.  A second problem, they also don’t tend to like her terribly much – her favorability rating is 40 favorable to 34 unfavorable.  Compare that to Enzi’s 66 favorable, 24 unfavorable.

Liz, I am your father.

Liz, I am your father.

PPP finds that while Cheney and Enzi split the “very conservative” vote, even though Enzi is still ahead with that group, moderate Republicans and “somewhat conservative” Republicans much prefer Enzi over Cheney.

So pretty much no Republicans in the state favors Liz.

Oh, but it gets worse for Cheney.  The only chance Democrats have of winning the Senate seat is if Liz wins the primary!

Should Cheney somehow emerge victorious in the primary, she may jeopardize the GOP’s ability to hold the seat. The poll finds that she trails former Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal 45% to 42%, the only situation in which a Democrat is even remotely close to winning. This is rather impressive for Freudenthal, who has a 55% favorable rating, as only 53% of respondents said they could ever vote for a Democrat for Senator.

Perhaps it’s time to start raising money for Liz.


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