Poll: Trump endorsement has little influence on Hageman-Cheney race in Wyoming

Former President Donald Trump has made the defeat of Rep. Liz Cheney a top priority, even visiting Wyoming for the first time to campaign for Harriet Hageman, his pick to unseat her. But a new Casper Star-Tribune poll found his endorsement may have little influence over voters here.

Only 30% of people who plan to vote in the Wyoming Republican Primary next month say the Trump endorsement makes them more likely to vote for Hageman, the poll found. In comparison, 26% say it makes them less likely to vote for Trump’s pick, while 44% indicated it has no effect on their decision.

“They’re voting against Cheney to vote against Cheney, not because Trump told them to vote against Cheney,” said Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon, the polling company that performed the survey for the Star-Tribune.

The results are in line with the Star-Tribune’s reporting on the issue. In numerous conversations, residents who say they plan to vote for Hageman express deep distaste for Cheney, but separately say that the endorsement itself doesn’t have much to do with their vote for Hageman.

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Mark Hladik, who’s lived in Wyoming for 42

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