Liz Cheney vote count latest – Elise Stefanik could replace Wyoming Republican after House GOP voted to remove her

GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik is favored to take over the position formerly held by Liz Cheney before her ousting on Wednesday.

Stefanik, the 36-year-old lawmaker from New York, originally criticized former President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign for his "inappropriate, offensive" comments on the notorious Access Hollywood tape.

Since then, her stance has flipped, and when she voted against Trump's impeachment, he called her a "new Republican star."

Stefanik was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in 2014, and the first woman to serve as the recruitment chair for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Cheney, 54, lost her post as House Republican Conference chair due to ongoing comments against Trump.

Cheney has often been vocal against former President Donald Trump and politicians from her own party.

The Republican was also facing backlash from colleagues as she has criticized them for promoting “the big lie” of baseless election fraud back in 2020.

Trump and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise have backed Stefanik.

On Tuesday, Cheney gave a speech on the House floor firing back at Trump and blasted fellow Republicans for backing the former president even after the attack on the US Capitol earlier this year.

Read our Liz Cheney live blog for the latest on the vote…

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRUMP CALLS CHENEY 'BITTER, HORRIBLE'

    In a video posted to Rumble, Donald Jr. read his father's statement that "Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being."

    "I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party," he continued.

    "Warmonger Liz Cheney is out of Republican leadership and my dad’s response is epic," he tweeted alongside the video link. "You can’t be a CNN Republican in this GOP."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    LIZ CHENEY BOOED ON HER WAY OUT

    Republican lawmakers booed Rep. Liz Cheney when she criticized Trump in her speech responding to her removal from leadership.

    "We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy," she said. "Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRUMP SUPPORTS STEFANIK TO REPLACE CHENEY

    Former President Trump wants Elise Stefanik to take over the position left open after Liz Cheney was ousted Wednesday morning.

    "Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL endorsement for GOP Conference Chair," he wrote in a statement released May 5th. "Elise is a tough and smart communicator!"

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    McCARTHY SAYS ELECTION QUESTIONS ARE 'ALL OVER WITH'

    Hours after voting to boot Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy dismissed questions of the presidential election's legitimacy.

    "I don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election," he told reporters. "That's all over with. We are sitting here with the president today."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    LIZ CHENEY MAY BE REPLACED AS GOP CHAIR AS EARLY AS FRIDAY

    Rep Liz Cheney was removed from her leadership position with the Republican party on Wednesday, and several of her colleagues have already rallied around Rep Elise Stefanik to replace her.

    Stefanik represents an upstate New York district. Cheney represents Wyoming.

    A vote on her to take over Cheney's previous conference chair position is expected on Friday, NBC News reported.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    PRESS SEC JEN PSAKI SAYS LIZ CHENEY WAS 'ATTACKED' FOR BEING TRUTHFUL

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed to categorize the removal of Rep Liz Cheney from her Republican leadership position on Wednesday morning for being truthful as an "attack."

    "It's disturbing to see any leader, regardless of party, being attacked for simply speaking the truth and as the president said last week, it's hard to understand," Psaki said, according to White House reported Kathryn Watson.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    REP LIZ CHENEY REMOVED AS GOP CONFERENCE CHAIR WEDNESDAY

    Rep Liz Cheney was removed from her position as House Republican Conference Chair on Wednesday morning.

    Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju reported the news to fellow CNN correspondent Jake Tapper, with Tapper writing on Twitter, "@mkraju reports: @Liz_Cheney has been ousted from her position as House GOP Conference Chair."

    Other reporters confirmed the quick vote on the social media platform.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    CHENEY CRITICIZED TRUMP ON DAY OF GOP OUSTING VOTE

    The very day Rep Liz Cheney was ousted as House Republican Conference Chair in a vote by her colleagues, she criticized former President Donald Trump.

    "I’m told when Cheney criticized Trump she was booed by other Republicans in the room," reporter Annie Grayer shared on Twitter.

    It is widely understood that much of the reason Cheney was ousted was due to her lack of support for Trump and Republicans who stand with him.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HILLARY CLINTON SAYS GOP CHOSE TRUMP OVER CHENEY

    Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out after House Republicans voted to remove Liz Cheney from her top leadership position in the party on Wednesday.

    "Given a choice between defending American democracy and abandoning all reality and principle for Donald Trump, the GOP has once again chosen Donald Trump," she tweeted with an article about the ousting.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    GRAHAM SAYS BIDEN'S 'LIBERAL AGENDA' IS MORE DANGEROUS TO CONSERVATISM THAN DONALD TRUMP

    Sen Lindsey Graham released a statement after Liz Cheney was removed from her leadership role with the Republican party and suggested former President Donald Trump is not the danger to their party she makes him out to be.

    "Congresswoman Liz Cheney has been a solid conservative and strong voice on national security. However, in my view, she has taken a position regarding former President Trump which is out of the mainstream of the Republican Party," the statement started.

    "I am hoping the Republican Party will understand the biggest threat to conservatism is not Donald Trump, but the liberal agenda being pushed by the Biden administration and their radical allies."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    GRAHAM CLAIMS CHENEY VOTE WAS NOT ABOUT TRUMP IMPEACHMENT

    Sen Lindsey Graham released a statement after Liz Cheney was ousted from her leadership role with the Republican party and said ultimately, the vote was not about her choice to impeach former President Donald Trump.

    "Congresswoman Liz Cheney has been a solid conservative and strong voice on national security. However, in my view, she has taken a position regarding former President Trump which is out of the mainstream of the Republican Party," the statement began.

    "Today's decision by the House Republican Conference regarding Congresswoman Cheney was not about her vote for impeachment. It was about her belief that President Trump should be purged from the Republican Party and those who objected to the results of the 2020 election should be disqualified from future leadership positions."

    "As a result, the House Republican Conference has decided to move forward in a different direction," the statement noted.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHY DID LIZ CHENEY LOSE HER REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ROLE?

    Rep Liz Cheney lost her leadership position with the Republican party on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

    Cheney lost her position as House Republican Conference chair thanks to ongoing comments against former President Donald Trump.

    She also criticized many GOP members for promoting “the big lie” of baseless election fraud back in 2020.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN WILL LIZ CHENEY BE REPLACED?

    After Rep Liz Cheney was removed from her leadership position with the Republican party, several of her colleagues have now rallied around Rep Elise Stefanik to replace her.

    Stefanik represents an upstate New York district, and a vote on her to take Cheney's old conference chair position is expected on Friday, NBC News reported.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT STATE IS LIZ CHENEY A REPRESENTATIVE IN?

    Liz Cheney lost her role as House Republican Conference chair due to ongoing comments against former President Trump on Wednesday

    She is currently a representative for the state of Wyoming.

    She was previously the third highest ranking member in Republican leadership.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    REPUBLICANS PREVIOUSLY VOTED TO KEEP LIZ CHENEY IN HER LEADERSHIP ROLE

    House Republicans voted to remove Rep Liz Cheney from her leadership role in a voice vote Wednesday, but previously voted to keep her in the position.

    During an hours-long voting session back in February, GOP politicians actually voted 145-61 (with one abstention) by secret ballot to keep Cheney as House Republican Conference Chair.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    TRUMP SAYS CHENEY IS 'BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY'

    Former President Donald Trump released a statement in support of House Republicans removing Rep Liz Cheney from her leadership role in the party on Wednesday.

    "The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a great opportunity today to rid themselves of a poor leader, a major Democratic talking point, a warmonger, and a person with absolutely no personality or heart," the statement started.

    "As a representative of the Great State of Wyoming, Liz Cheney is bad for our country and bad for herself.'

    "Almost everyone in the Republican party, including 90 percent of Wyoming, looks forward to her ouster — and that includes me!"

  • Jocelyn Cook

    REP CAWTHORN TAUNTS CHENEY AFTER VOTE

    After the GOP caucus voted to remove Liz Cheney from her leadership role on Wednesday, Rep Madison Cawthorn taunted her on Twitter.

    "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Liz Cheney," he tweeted early Wednesday morning.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    POLL FINDS SWING-VOTERS THINK CHENEY OUSTER IS A MISTAKE

    A poll Axios did with Engagious/Schlesinger focus groups found that the groups feel GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his caucus made a mistake by ousting Liz Cheney from her leadership position.

    13 of the 14 voters said the Wyoming politician should not be removed and that it would be a mistake for House Republicans to go through with it, Axios reported.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    REP BOEBERT SAYS CHENEY IS PART OF THE 'PAST' OF THE GOP

    Rep Liz Cheney was removed from her Republican House leadership role on Wednesday, and several other politicians reacted to the move on Twitter, including GOP colleagues.

    "Liz Cheney is the GOP of the past. We are not going back," Rep Lauren Boebert wrote.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    DAN RATHER CRITICIZES LACK OF COURAGE IN GOP AFTER CHENEY VOTE

    After Liz Cheney was ousted from her leadership position on Wednesday, journalists like Dan Rather commented on the shocking move.

    "The fact that it was a voice vote to eject Cheney is all you need to know about the status of courage in the modern Republican Party," Rather tweeted.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    PRESS SEC CALLS CHENEY OUSTER 'DISTURBING'

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the ouster of Rep Liz Cheney from her Republican leadership position on Wednesday "disturbing."

    "It's disturbing to see any leader, regardless of party, being attacked for simply speaking the truth and as the president said last week, it's hard to understand," Psaki said, according to White House reported Kathryn Watson.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    JOE SCARBOROUGH COMPARES LIZ CHENEY TO MARGARET THATCHER

    Joe Scarborough compared Rep Liz Cheney to Margaret Thatcher on his Morning Joe show on Wednesday.

    "As a conservative, you look back to those moments where somebody steps into the limelight and leads a movement," he said.

    "I think about Reagan in 1966. I think about Margaret Thatcher in 1975 in Britain, and her address before the Conservative Party. She sort of sweeps away the lectern, and shows everybody who's in control there."

    "Liz Cheney could well be that person in 2021."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    MCCARTHY FELT CAUCUS NEEDED TO 'MAKE A CHANGE' AHEAD OF CHENEY OUSTER

    Before Liz Cheney was ousted from her role as a leader of the Republican party, Rep Kevin McCarthy penned a letter about the upcoming vote.

    In a letter to his GOP colleagues, he explained that Cheney had been a distraction from efforts to take back the House in 2022, writing, "If we are to succeed in stopping the radical Democrat agenda from destroying our country, these internal conflicts need to be resolved so as to not detract from the efforts of our collective team."

    "Having heard from so many of you in recent days, it's clear that we need to make a change. As such, you should anticipate a vote on recalling the Conference Chair this Wednesday.”

  • Jocelyn Cook

    VOTE ON STEFANIK TO REPLACE CHENEY EXPECTED FRIDAY

    After Rep Liz Cheney was removed from her leadership position with the Republican caucus, several GOP colleagues have now rallied around Elise Stefanik to replace her.

    Rep Stefanik represents an upstate New York district, and a vote on her to take Cheney's old conference chair position is expected on Friday, NBC News reported.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    CHENEY OUSTED IN CLOSED-DOOR VOTE

    Rep Liz Cheney was removed from her Republican leadership position on Wednesday in a closed-door vote.

    The vote by her GOP colleagues was swift and done by voice vote, so there is no record of ballots.

    It's unclear who supported the former conference chair to stay on in her position.

    "There were no speeches really. It was just Kevin standing up and then the vote happened," Rep Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told NBC News.

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