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Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has decided to drop out of the race for the Wyoming Senate seat, citing health issues in her family. During her short campaign, she tried to provide incumbent Michael B. Enzi with a challenge and she sparked arguments within her own family over gay marriage.
Cheney started telling her staffers and associates of her decision this weekend, CNN reports. The oldest daughter of Dick Cheney later sent a statement to CNN and The New York Times, explaining that, “Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.”
She continued, “My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority.”
Even though she decided to end the campaign, she added, “...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.”
Cheney, 47, sparked plenty of controversy during her campaign against Enzi, a well-liked veteran Republican in Washington. At first, she had to overcome charges of being a carpetbagger, as many questioned how she could be qualified to run in Wyoming if she has only lived there since 2012.
Then, she sparked a public battle with her younger sister, Mary Cheney over same-sex marriage. Mary Cheney slammed Cheney for saying that she didn’t support same-sex marriage, even though she attended her wedding.
Cheney said that she would not go into details on the health issue.
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