Biden calls Liz Cheney after defeat and Trump attacks – follow live

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Liz Cheney concedes in her primary race

US president Joe Biden reached out to Liz Cheney on Wednesday after she lost to Donald Trump-backed Republican nominee Harriet Hageman.

Mr Biden had called the Wyoming congresswoman and Trump critic as the 45th president wasted no time in taking a victory lap, Bloomberg reported.

“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social.

“Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now,” he added, before quipping that Wyoming’s primary outcome was a “complete rebuke” of the January 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot, which Ms Cheney serves as the vice chair.

As her congressional career suffered an unexpected halt, Ms Cheney vowed that she would do whatever it takes to stop Mr Trump from reaching the White House again.

“Tonight, Harriet Hageman has received the most votes in this primary,” she said during her concession speech. “This primary election is over. But now the real work begins.”

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Sean Hannity says Liz Cheney’s days in congress ‘now officially numbered’

Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed congresswoman Liz Cheney’s “hatred” for former president Donald Trump and his supporters “consumed her”.

“… after losing by nearly 40 points to Harriet Hageman in last night’s primary, Liz Cheney’s days in Congress now are officially numbered.

“Liz sadly could not see the forest through the trees. She allowed her hatred for Donald Trump and Trump supporters to consume her,” he said on his show.

Mr Hannity continued: “This became Cheney’s singular focus in life.”

“There was no bridge she wouldn’t burn, no colleague she wouldn’t betray, no voters that she wouldn’t ignore.”

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What next for Cheney?

Here are several possible next moves the 56-year-old congresswoman could make. From a widely speculated run for president in 2024, to swinging through the revolving door of politics to prime-time cable, here’s where we might see Ms Cheney land.

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Cheney releases audio to refute Hageman’s claim

Liz Cheney released her concession call audio after Donald Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman claimed that the congresswoman never fully conceded her defeat.

Ms Hageman had said that the congresswoman “left a very brief two-second message on my cell phone” on Tuesday night, without addressing “any kind of concession or anything else”.

However, Ms Cheney called Ms Hageman to concede at 8.13pm on Tuesday.

“Howdy, Harriet, it is Liz Cheney calling,” Ms Cheney is heard saying in the audio, Politico reported.

“It is about 8.13 on Tuesday the 16th, I’m calling to concede the election and congratulate you on the win. Thanks.”

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Liz Cheney: What’s next for the firebrand anti-Trump Republican?

On Tuesday, Liz Cheney lost to Donald Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, who by the latest poll estimates from the Casper Star-Tribune was leading the three-term congresswoman from Wyoming by more than 20 points.

Indeed, in her final campaign video released last Thursday, Ms Cheney’s closing argument resonated more as a public notice that she, and the rest of the Republican Party for that matter, would not be defeated by Trumpism.

With that in mind, here are several possible next moves for the 56-year-old congresswoman could make. From a widely speculated launch for president in 2024, to swinging through the revolving door of politics to prime-time cable, here’s where we might see Ms Cheney land.

Johanna Chisholm writes.

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Tucker Carlson gloats over Liz Cheney’s defeat

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who routinely takes pot shots at Trump critic Liz Cheney, said they are going to have a “gloatathon” over the congresswoman’s defeat in Wyoming.

“The thing about democracy is that it is great, but sometimes it can whip around and bite you,” he said on his show.

“Liz Cheney is America’s foremost defender of democracy but democracy spanked her hard last night,” he said, before bursting into laughter.

“But it didn’t decrease her arrogance – she compared herself with Abraham Lincon.

We are going to have a gloatathon, we are going to say it out loud – we are going to have a gloatathon over the defeat of Liz Cheney. We are going to enjoy the hell out of it.”

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ICYMI: Meanwhile, in Alaska…

Sarah Palin, a former Alaska governor who has staged her race for the state’s open congressional seat as a revival of her political career after more than a decade spent out of elected office, will advance to the November general election.

Alaska, whose electorate approved a process being used for the first time in the state, has opted to do away with traditional party primary races in favour of ranked choice voting, which will instead send the top four candidates – regardless of political party – to the general election.

As of Tuesday morning, based on the votes tabulated, the House primary race in November will include Ms Palin, Democrat Mary Peltola and Republican Nick Begich on the ballot. The fourth slot, however, remained too early to call.

Joanna Chisholm reports.

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Biden calls Cheney after primaries loss

US president Joe Biden reached out to Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Wednesday after she lost to Republican nominee and Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman.

Mr Biden called Ms Cheney after former president and her foe Donald Trump lost no time in going after her, Bloomberg reported.

Mr Trump had fired off a statement on his Truth Social platform, quipping that he believed that Ms Cheney would be “happier” in the “depths of political oblivion”.

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Cheney tell ‘Today’ show she is thinking about presidential run

Liz Cheney has said that she’s “thinking about” a White House run, in her first interview after losing her primary to a Trump-backed opponent.

“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republic,” she told NBC’s Today. “I think that defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents – and that’s what I intend to be part of.”

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

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ICYMI: Cheney hints at White House run in concession speech

Representative Liz Cheney has fuelled speculation about a potential run for the White House after losing the Republican primary race from Wyoming on Tuesday.

Ms Cheney conceded defeat – but hinted at a presidential run – in a defiant speech by invoking Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant to highlight the continuation of her fight against former president Donald Trump.

Sravasti Dasgupta watched the speech.

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Lincoln Project declares death of GOP

The Lincoln Project has spelled out the defeat of representative Liz Cheney in the primary election in Wyoming as the death of the Republican Party.

“Tonight, the nation marks the end of the Republican Party,” said the anti-Donald Trump group, which has antagonised the former president and his supporters through several viral videos, in a statement on Tuesday.

Sravasti Dasgupta reports:

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