Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has a problem on her hands.
While she has been leading all candidates in fundraising, she is already behind in an early poll.
A Remington Research Group survey shows pro-Trump Darin Smith well in the lead, getting 24 percent of a very crowded field.
To be honest, I am a bit shocked that Smith was able to get this much distance from Cheney right out of the gate.
While Smith held 24 percent of the vote, Cheney only managed 19, followed closely by controversial State Senator Anthony Bouchard, who was second place among the challengers, getting 18 percent.
State Rep. Chuck Gray was also in the running, snagging 14 percent of the vote.
It was initially thought that getting the field down to a heads-up battle with Cheney would be the best bet to defeat her, but that may no longer be the case.
Trump met with several members of the field about a week ago in a move that was assumed to whittle down the field.
However, if Smith can hold a significant lead heading into the primary, it may benefit him to have a more crowded field, especially if some of those candidates will take votes away from Cheney rather than Smith.
Smith was clearly elated with his early showing, stating, “It’s time to Dump Liz and elect someone with genuine pro-Trump, America First, Wyoming values, and I know I am that person.”
Now, it is still very early and I doubt Cheney has even started to crack her war chest yet, but it’s a great start to try to have her removed from office.
We should, however, note, that a smaller voter sample was conducted in a different poll by McLaughlin & Associates, showing Cheney in the lead with 23 percent and Gray in second with 18 percent.
Bouchard was in third in that race, getting a healthy 17 percent, but Smith only had seven percent in that poll.
As noted, the sample size was significantly smaller at 300 likely voters to 766 likely voters in the first poll mentioned.