Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming may not win her Republican primary on Tuesday, but her efforts to convince Democrats and independents to back her candidacy appear to have paid off in Wyoming’s bluest county, Teton, where Mrs. Cheney lives.
Interviews at county polling places on Monday, the final day of early voting, and Tuesday revealed a stream of voters re-registering as Republicans in order to enter the party’s primary and vote for Ms. Cheney.
“I think she knows someone’s unfit when she sees it and she’s not going to kiss the ring and I respect her for that,” said Brad Hoyt, an architect in Wilson, Wyo., A Small Community just west of Jackson where Ms. Cheney lives. Mr. Hoyt, who wanted to register his support for Ms. Cheney’s opposition to former President Donald J. Trump, said he was “between” major parties and would change his registration at Wilson’s Old Schoolhouse, the village polling station.
Not far behind Mr. Hoyt was Andy Calders, a musician who called himself a Democrat but registered as a Republican in Wyoming so he could enter nominating contests for the state’s dominant party.
“She only did one thing that I liked, but I liked it so much I voted for her,” Mr. Calders said of Ms. Cheney’s efforts to hold Mr. Trump “accountable for which he obviously did” in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.
Mr. Trump backed Harriet Hageman in the primary against Ms. Cheney, who sits on a congressional panel investigating Mr. Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Anti-Trump voters turned out in similar numbers in Jackson, where the wait to vote reached 45 minutes at one point Monday.
Maggie Shipley, who works for a local nonprofit, said she was changing her registration to Republican so she could vote for Ms Cheney in the primary.
“Election lies are terrifying to me and the preservation of democracy is really important and at least she has that,” Ms Shipley explained.