(UnitedVoice.com) – Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) used to be one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress. She served as the chair of the House Republican Conference from 2019 to 2021 but lost her leadership role after voting to impeach former President Donald Trump. The next year, she lost in the GOP primary. Recently, she is starting to win back some of the support she lost.
The Trafalgar Group surveyed Republican voters before the indictment of Trump was announced and after it was both informally and formally announced to see where voters stood in the GOP presidential primary. Cheney was at 5.3% in the poll before the indictment was announced. After the former president announced he would be indicted, her support rose to 8.7%. In the wake of the formal indictment being handed down, her support shot up to 10.3%.
I stand by my prediction that Liz Cheney will win more delegates to the GOP convention than Mike Pence. https://t.co/2PwKW0Ol02
— Arse Grammatica (@ArseGrammatica) April 3, 2023
Some might say that she gained support because Trump lost it, but that’s not accurate. In fact, even more people support the 45th president now than they did before the announcement was made. Prior to the news breaking, he had 43.8% support in the poll. After he said he was going to be indicted, his popularity rose slightly to 44.4%. Once the official word came down, Trump’s number rose to a whopping 56.2%.
Actually, it looks as though Trump and Cheney took support away from Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, and Nikki Haley. Their support was:
- Pence — 4.8% before, 5.4% after Trump’s announcement, 3.8% after the indictment
- Haley — 5.2% before, 4.9% after Trump’s announcement, 3.7% after the indictment
- DeSantis — 32.2% before, 30.4% after Trump’s announcement, 22.5% after the indictment
It’s not clear why Cheney is gaining support because the people polled were not asked questions about that. However, it seems the former president’s media strategy is working in his favor.
Trump was arraigned on April 4 and faces 34 felony charges. However, he has made it perfectly clear that he does not plan to bow out of the race.
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