Liz Cheney Campaign: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Cheney during her 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate. (Getty)

Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is running for Wyoming’s lone Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, the only female member of the House Freedom Caucus, who announced her decision not to run for re-election last year.

Cheney, who previously withdrew from a 2014 race for the U.S. Senate, is facing a primary election Tuesday against Tim Stubson, Leland Christensen and Darin Smith. Cheney is favored in the race, according to a recent poll.

Hoping to occupy the seat her father once had, Cheney, who worked in a number of different posts in the Bush administration, told the Washington Post recently her brand of Republicanism was different from her father’s brand — or even GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s.

“[A] Liz Cheney Republican is somebody who is a strong constitutional conservative, believes in limited government,” she said.

Cheney has raised $1.4 million for her campaign, with some help from her father, but hasn’t received many prominent endorsements — including the woman she’s hoping to replace.

Here is what you need to know about Cheney as she gears up for Tuesday’s primary and hopes to secure a spot on the ballot in November:

1. Cheney Is Gunning For the Seat Her Father, Dick, Once Had in Wyoming

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his eldest daughter Liz on Fox’s Hannity. Liz is running for Congress in the same seat her dad held for years. (Getty)

Long before she announced her bid for Congress, Liz Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, held the Congressional seat from 1978-1989.

Dick Cheney served as Wyoming’s only House member until March 1989 when President George H.W. Bush tapped him for the Secretary of Defense spot, where he was confirmed by the Senate 92-0.

“At this perilous time,” Liz Cheney wrote in a Facebook post declaring her candidacy, “we must have a strong, conservative voice representing Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives. I am running because I will be that voice.”

2. Cheney Previously Ran for a Wyoming Senate Seat, but Dropped Out

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Cheney ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014. (Getty)

Cheney previously tried her hand at a Congressional seat — but dropped out before the voters could decide if they liked her more than incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. In the months before that 2014 primary, Cheney announced she wouldn’t contend for the seat, citing family health issues.

The failed bid came after some accused Cheney of carpetbagging. She had moved to Wyoming from Virginia in 2012 and had rarely spent time there.

Additionally, Cheney and her younger sister, Mary Cheney, a lesbian, traded jabs publicly over gay marriage. The debate bogged down Cheney’s campaign when Mary Cheney’s wife, Heather Poe, took to Facebook and blasted the Senate hopeful.

“To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least,” Poe wrote.

3. Cheney Worked in the Bush Administration While Her Dad Was Vice President

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Cheney during her tenure as principal deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs. (Getty)

In 2002, Cheney was hired to a position in the State Department, serving as its deputy assistant secretary of state in the Near East bureau, while her father worked as vice president in the same administration.

A department spokesman said then-Secretary of State Colin Powell had known Cheney for awhile, saying she was a “very highly skilled individual,” according to the New York Times.

“We’re delighted to have Ms. Cheney join our team,” the spokesman told the Times. “She brings a very strong legal and economic background to her new position, having previously served with both the private and government sectors, including with U.S.A.I.D. and the Department of State.”

The hiring brought with it criticism and declarations of nepotism, according to the Washington Post.

4. Sen. Rand Paul has Opposed Cheney in Both Her Senate & Her House Bids

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Cheney at a ceremony for her father in 2015. (Getty)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican who ran for president this year, publicly backed one of Cheney’s opponents, Leland Christensen, and called him the “Constitutional conservative in the race.”

Similarly in 2014, Paul supported Cheney’s then-opponent in the Senate race, incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi.

Paul and the Cheneys have rarely been on the same side. In 2010, the former vice president endorsed Paul’s primary opponent and Paul has said the former Wyoming representative, a war hawk, created a “disaster” for the United States.

“I think Dick Cheney has probably been wrong about almost every foreign policy decision over the last 20 or 30 years,” Paul told conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham.

In a recent Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming PBS poll, Cheney has 21 percent of the Republican vote while Tim Stubson garnered 8.7 percent. Paul’s horse in the race, Christensen, followed with 4.1 percent.

5. Cheney Has Raised $1.4 Million, Including Donations From the Bush Family

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Cheney during her time with the State Department. (Getty)

Federal election records show Cheney has received more than $1.4 million in campaign contributions and, as of Tuesday’s primary, has $542,530 in cash on hand. A glimpse at the campaign’s contributors shows a who’s-who of the former Bush administration:

Cheney has received a combined $11,300 from the Bush family, from George H.W. and Barbara to George W. and Laura, records show. Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, each gave $2,700 twice.

Cheney’s parents, Dick and Lynne, each contributed $2,700 twice.

Republican strategist and former Bush White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove donated $1,000 to Cheney’s campaign; former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, each gave $2,700 twice.