Liz Cheney has officially withdrawn her candidacy for the Wyoming U.S. Senate seat up for election during the October primary. The unexpected announcement comes just six months after Cheney revealed her intention to challenge incumbent Senator Mike Enzi.
“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign,” said Cheney in a statement released on Monday.
“My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and they will always be my overriding priority.”
Cheney’s controversial campaign announcement in July reportedly came as a surprise to Enzi, who was said to have expected her to run only if he decided not to. Over the following months, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney spent considerable time touring the state, building her campaign around opposition to Obamacare and the President’s “war on coal”, defence of the Constitution, tax cuts and family values.
“Phil and I want to thank the thousands of people in Wyoming and all across the country who have supported my campaign. As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation,” said Cheney in her statement.
“Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.”