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Cheyenne businessman 'strongly considering' running against Cheney again in House primary
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Cheyenne businessman 'strongly considering' running against Cheney again in House primary

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U.S. House candidate Darin Smith looks out into the crowd during a debate on Aug. 2, 2016, at Casper College, in the Wheeler Concert Hall. Smith is the latest Republican considering a run to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney. 

Cheyenne businessman and lawyer Darin Smith is “strongly considering” entering the 2022 House race against Rep. Liz Cheney, he confirmed Thursday.

He would join state Sen. Anthony Bouchard and state Rep. Chuck Gray in challenging Cheney in the primary.

This is not the first time Smith has run for Wyoming’s lone House seat. Smith ran in the 2016 primary, finishing fourth with 15% of the vote and raising over $95,000, according to Federal Election Commission numbers.

He said he did not make an effort to raise much money for that race.

“I’m super confident I could fundraise this type of fight,” he said Thursday.

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If he does end up running, he will likely enter the race branding himself as one of the people.

“I’m not a politician,” he said. “I’m a fourth-generation Wyomingite.”

On Cheney, Smith said, “She can go back to her state and represent them.”

Cheney opponents in Wyoming have criticized her for spending years of her life in Virginia. But the biggest criticism she now faces concerns her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

CNN listed Smith on Thursday as a possible candidate for the race, saying that if Smith ran, he would run as a strongly pro-Trump candidate like Bouchard and Gray continue to do.

“We think she went against the people of Wyoming and that’s going to hurt her,” Smith said.

Although he is seriously weighing a run, Smith said he has not yet hired any campaign staffers. He did not give a timeline for when he would decide whether to run.

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