Liz Cheney's Wyoming campaign backed by big names, bigger money

U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney speaks to voters during a Republican and Tea Party gathering in EmblemBy Ruffin Prevost CODY, Wyo. (Reuters) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s eldest daughter, bouncing back from an aborted 2014 U.S. Senate bid, heads into a crowded primary race next week for Wyoming’s lone seat in the House of Representatives buoyed by big-name Republicans and wealthy out-of-state donors. Liz Cheney, the apparent Republican front-runner, has commanded a level of fund-raising and A-list party support – including two former presidents and onetime Cabinet members – that is rare, if not unheard of, for a relative newcomer to Wyoming politics. “She can go to Chicago or New York, and in one fund-raiser pull in more money than the next two closest candidates combined,” said Deb Oakley Simpson, a daughter-in-law of former longtime Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson and a Cody-based civic activist who backs one of Cheney’s primary foes, state Senator Leland Christensen.

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