Rep. Liz Cheney is throwing her support behind Democratic lawmaker Elissa Slotkin (Mich.) in her competitive bid for reelection.
Cheney’s endorsement of Slotkin is the first time the outgoing Wyoming lawmaker has officially supported a Democrat.
In a statement Cheney released, she said, “I’m proud to endorse Elissa Slotkin.”
The Wyoming Republican explained her decision to support Slotkin, writing, “Serving together on the Armed Services Committee, I have come to know Elissa as a good and honorable public servant who works hard for the people she represents, wants what’s best for the country, and is in this for the right reasons.”
Cheney and Slotkin will appear together at an event titled “Evening for Patriotism and Bipartisanship” in Lansing, Michigan on November 1.
Slotkin is facing a challenging reelection bid as she seeks a second term as Congresswoman representing Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.
According to an analysis by the non-partisan Cook Political Report, Slotkin’s race against Republican state Senator Thomas Barrett — who questioned the 2020 Presidential election results — for the newly redrawn 7th district is a “toss-up.”
But Slotkin may not be facing such a tight race against Barrett as polling from FiveThirtyEight gives Slotkin (50.7 percent) a 4.1-point lead over Barrett (46.6 percent).
Cheney, who lost her reelection primary bid in Wyoming to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman, has been consistent in her position about candidates supporting Trump’s election fraud claims.
She expressed being willing to support a Democratic candidate in Arizona, where two Republicans supporting Trump’s election fraud claims are on the ballot.
But her endorsement of Slotkin is the first time the longtime Republican has officially endorsed a Democrat.