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Incumbent Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney endorses Democrat Representative Alyssa Slotkin in her race against Republican State Sen. Tom Barrett – who questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election – as Cheney continues to oppose former President Donald Trump and Congress after plotted his political future.

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Cheney said he was proud to support Slotkin, while acknowledging his policy differences and urging Republicans to vote for him. a statement Released Thursday by Slotkin’s campaign.

The endorsement is Cheney’s first in a midterm election and his first of a Democrat, and follows his high-profile role as one of two Republicans on the House January 6 committee, in which he lashed out against Trump.

In the race for re-election toss-up against Barrett, Slotkin publicly disputed Republicans’ claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election and spoke out against Trump for his refusal to admit.

Cheney—who was served with Slotkin on the primary-armed services committee by Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hejman—and has both openly criticized Republicans who have denied the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Barrett is among 11 members of the Michigan State Senate who wrote a letter to congress On January 5, 2021 it asked to investigate “credible allegations” of “fraud and irregularities” surrounding the 2020 presidential election.

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Cheney slammed Trump's claims that he won the election and that his role as deputy chairman of the January 6 committee eventually cost him a Congressional seat when the former president backed Hejman, but Cheney expressed no remorse. . After your primary loss, he announced plans To "mobilize a unified effort to oppose any Donald Trump campaign for president" and is likely to run in 2024.

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230. Number of seats the Republicans are likely to win on Election Day five thirty eight, which gives the GOP an 82 out of 100 chance of winning control of the House, is currently split 222-213 with Democrats in the majority. Slotkin's seat is held by Democrats out of 23, considered a toss-up, according to Cook Political Report.

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"At a time when our country is facing threats at home and abroad, we need serious, responsible, genuine members of Congress like Alyssa," Cheney said in the statement.

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Cheney and Slotkin will campaign together in Lansing on Tuesday.

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