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The Margin: HEAR IT: Liz Cheney shares audio of her conceding the Wyoming primary to Harriet Hageman


Wyoming GOP primary winner Harriet Hageman said that Rep. Liz Cheney never called her to concede the election — but there’s a recording that says otherwise.

Hageman claimed in a Fox News interview that Cheney sent her a two-second voice message that did not include “any kind of concession or anything else.”

But the Cheney campaign has provided audio to Politico, where Cheney is heard calling Hageman to congratulate her shortly after the race was called by the Associated Press. Listen to it here:

“Hi, Harriet, it is Liz Cheney calling,” Cheney is heard saying on the recording. “It’s about 8:13 on Tuesday the 16th. I’m calling to concede the election and to congratulate you on the win. Thanks.”

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Cheney also made a concession speech shortly after her primary loss on Tuesday night. Politico reporter Olivia Beavers tweeted that Cheney tried “multiple times” to get in touch with Hageman before going on stage to publicly concede.

Hageman was not immediately available for comment.

Cheney, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, serves as the vice chairwoman of the bipartisan Jan. 6 select committee, which has been investigating the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol and presenting evidence that Trump and his supporters instigated the insurrection.

The day after her primary loss in Wyoming, Cheney hinted that she is “thinking about” running for president in 2024.

“I am absolutely going to continue this battle,” she said. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever been involved in, and I think it’s certainly the most important thing, challenge, that our nation has faced in recent history, and maybe since the Civil War. And it’s one that we must win.”

Cheney is a third-term Republican congresswoman, and was behind in almost every poll leading up to her loss against Hageman.

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In the weeks before the vote, Cheney called on her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, to help sway Republican voters with a viral political ad that lebeled Trump a “coward” and a “threat” to American democracy — she still ended up losing by a roughly 30-percentage-point margin.

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