Liz Cheney has lost her primary race to be re-nominated for her seat as Wyoming’s representative in the House. Harriet Hageman, a pro-Trump candidate, will be the Republican nominee in November.
All news coverage has made it seem like Cheney will definitely be leaving Congress when her current term is over, for example today’s Washington Post headline is “Cheney says she is considering a White House run after drubbing in Wyo. primary”.
Why isn’t Cheney planning to keep her seat by running as an independent? Does Wyoming law prevent her from doing so, or does she simply think it would be futile?
Yes. The last third-party candidate to win one or more states was George Wallace of the American Independent Party in 1968, while the most recent third-party candidate to win more than 5.0% of the vote was Ross Perot, who ran as an independent and as the standard-bearer of the Reform Party in 1992 and 1996, respectively.