Voters in the United States state of Wyoming have ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a rare Republican critic of former President Donald Trump, in a primary.
She has been beaten up by its relative new politician and Trump backed candidate Harriet Hageman.
Ms. Cheney, 56, was one of only two members of her party to join the congressional committee to investigate Trump’s attempts to cling to power.
The three-year congressman was once a Republican rising star.
Ms. Cheney admitted her defeat and indicated that this was the beginning of a new chapter in her political career. “Our work is far from done,” he told a group of his supporters, including his father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.
All 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after his supporters attacked the United States Capitol building in January last year were targeted in a scorched earth revenge campaign.
So far, four have withdrawn and now four have been defeated by his chosen primary candidates in the states of Wyoming, Washington, Michigan and South Carolina.
Only two have successfully kept their seats on the Republican ticket for re-election.
Ms. Cheney was the last of the 10 to face the Trumpian assault. Elsewhere, Republican Sarah Palin – who is seeking a political comeback – has advanced in the race to represent the state in the House of Representatives in Alaska’s November election.
Ms Palin, 58, rose to prominence in 2008 as a running mate. Donald Trump is their main ally and supporter.
This year, Alaska’s party primaries were replaced with open primaries, with the top four candidates going to the general election.
In the state Senate race, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, 65, who challenged Mr Trump, won the November election. One of his opponents will be Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka, 42.
In Wyoming, 70% of voters will vote for Mr. Trump in 2020. Opinion polls have consistently shown Ms Hageman – who said she believes the election was “rigged” – leads by a wide margin in Wyoming.
With partial results in Tuesday night’s vote showing Ms Hageman ahead by more than 30 percentage points, most US broadcasters declared the race for her shortly after polls closed.
In her concession speech, Ms Cheney made it clear she would not relent on her criticism of Mr Trump, who has hinted he may run for the White House again in 2024. “I’ve said since [last year’s US Capitol riot] on January 6 that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again, and I mean it,” she said.
Ms Cheney said she could easily have been re-elected had she endorsed Mr Trump’s false claims that he – not President Joe Biden – had won the 2020 election.
“It was a path I could take and didn’t want to take,” she said.
Mr. Trump congratulated Ms. Hageman on her victory in a post on his Truth Social social media platform.
He also said: “Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, her behavior and her hateful and hypocritical words and actions towards others. “Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where I am sure she will be much happier than she is now.”
Ms Hageman cited support for Mr Trump as the reason for her victory.
“Wyoming alerted the elites,” she said. “We will no longer tolerate representatives who do not represent us.”
Earlier, at the state junior rodeo final in the town of Casper, some voters told the BBC how upset they were with Ms Cheney.
Rodeo chairman Chad Westbrook said under his 10-gallon hat, “If she’s going against the crowd, it doesn’t work well for us.
“We really liked Dick Cheney, you know, but she took it too far.”
Ms Cheney’s famous father, once a hateful figure on the American left, now finds himself in something of an anti-Trump follower. In an advertising campaign for his daughter, Dick Cheney described Trump as the biggest threat ever to the country.
Outside a polling booth, in a charming wooden courtroom shaded by the beautiful Teton Mountains, Democratic voters had answered Ms. Cheney’s call to convert their registration to Republican to give her their support, which was in itself. a sign of how badly he treated her.