Rep. Liz Cheney’s decision to skip a 2020 Senate bid opens the way for former Rep. Cynthia Lummis to succeed Republican Mike Enzi when the Wyoming senator retires at year’s end.
All eyes were on Cheney, 53, after Enzi announced he would not seek reelection. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, the No. 3 ranking House Republican, and a rising star in the party, she spent several months mulling a Senate bid. In running for reelection to her at-large congressional seat instead, Cheney avoids a potentially brutal and uncertain primary against Lummis, 65, who preceded her in the House and launched her Senate campaign last summer.