Liz Cheney Backs Ryan over Vance in Senate Race

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said she would support U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan over J.D. Vance in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race.

Cheney, a Republican who holds Wyoming’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, told journalist Judy Woodruff during a City Club of Cleveland program Tuesday that she would not vote for Vance, the Republican nominee who is supported by former President Donald Trump.  

According to The Hill, when Woodruff asked Cheney if she would vote for Ryan, D-13 Ohio, if she were an Ohio-registered voter, Cheney responded, “I would.”

Both campaigns offered responses to the endorsement.

“Tim’s message is resonating across party lines while JD Vance is a fraud who raised money for Jan. 6 insurrectionists,” Ryan spokeswoman Izzi Levy said.

A Vance campaign spokesperson responded that onetime Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard endorsed Vance Tuesday morning. 

“This election will be decided by Ohioans, not creatures of the swamp in D.C. Liz Cheney’s endorsement is the kiss of death for Tim Ryan and will lose him far more votes than it gains,” the spokesperson said.

Cheney, a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and frequent Trump critic, was ousted as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference last year in response to that criticism. The co-chairwoman of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol lost her own bid for reelection when she was defeated in Wyoming’s Republican primary by a Trump-backed candidate.   

Polling shows a tight right in Ohio, shifting in recent weeks from showing Ryan in the lead to Vance ahead by two percentage points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

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