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GOP to back Enzi over Liz Cheney

GOP to back Enzi over Liz Cheney in 2014 Senate primary

Jul 17, 2013 - The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee says the organization will back Sen. Mike Enzi over challenger Liz Cheney in the campaign for the Republican nomination in Wyoming.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas told reporters on Tuesday that, in his words, "our support will be there for Mike."

He spoke just moments after Cheney announced that she would challenge the three-term incumbent in the GOP primary.

Earlier in the day, Enzi announced that he would seek a fourth term. He said Cheney had told him she would not run if he decided to seek re-election.

Moran also says that Republican senators are clearly behind their colleague, who has been a valued behind-the-scenes worker with Senators from both parties on key legislation.

Moran's comments are a clear message to Cheney that she faces a fight from Senate Republicans over her decision to take on the incumbent.

Cheney's father is former Vice President Dick Cheney. He represented Wyoming in the House for 10 years, from 1979 to 1989.

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