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Liz Cheney Quits Wyoming Senate Race, Citing Family Health Issues

Newspaper article International New York Times

Liz Cheney Quits Wyoming Senate Race, Citing Family Health Issues

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Abruptly ending her challenge in the state's Republican primary, Ms. Cheney, the elder daughter of the former vice president, cited "serious health issues" in her family.

Liz Cheney announced early Monday morning that she was withdrawing from the Wyoming Republican Senate primary, bringing an abrupt end to her unsteady challenge to the incumbent, Michael B. Enzi.

"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign," Ms. Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said in a statement. "My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign, and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority."

She added, "As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation. 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."

Ms. Cheney wrote in an email that she would not say anything more about the nature of the health issue on Monday.

Ms. Cheney, 47, declared her candidacy in July against Mr. Enzi, a well-liked, three-term Senate veteran. She not only never gained traction, she also wound up causing deep rifts among longtime friends and even within her own family.

Ms. Cheney spoke Monday morning with former Senator Alan K. Simpson, a longtime friend whose relationship with the Cheney family became strained when he decided to back Mr. Enzi.

"She said it was a mom thing -- 'that I just need to be more involved with the family,"' Mr. Simpson said. "I told her I wanted this to heal up and she said, 'We do, too."'

The former senator said Ms. Cheney was unable to gain ground against Mr. Enzi because he had helped so many people in the sparsely populated state in his nearly 18 years in office and because he was not vulnerable to an ideological challenge.

"It was a curious thing: On the things that set people on fire there was no difference" between them, Mr. Simpson said.

Ms. Cheney's allies moved quickly on Monday morning to portray her exit from her first campaign as an initial rough patch in a promising career.

Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio and a family friend, emailed an unsolicited statement of support for Ms. Cheney, saying she has "a bright future in the Republican Party."

"She will continue to be a leading voice on foreign policy, national security and other areas of critical importance to our country," Mr. Portman wrote.

Privately, many Republican officials breathed a sigh of relief, happy that a primary fought in part on the uncomfortable issue of same-sex marriage was over and hopeful that Ms. …

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