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Liz Cheney to quit Wyoming Senate bid, reports say

In a statement, Liz Cheney cited ‘‘serious health issues’’ that ‘‘have recently arisen in our family’’ as the reason for her decision, according to The New York Times.
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In a statement, Liz Cheney cited ‘‘serious health issues’’ that ‘‘have recently arisen in our family’’ as the reason for her decision, according to The New York Times.

WASHINGTON — Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is quitting the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandoning her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi, according to published reports.

In a statement, Cheney cited ‘‘serious health issues’’ that ‘‘have recently arisen in our family’’ as the reason for her decision, according to The New York Times.

Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign faced a number of problems.

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In November, Cheney said she opposed gay marriage, sparking a public feud with her sister, Mary, who is a lesbian and married.

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‘‘My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority,’’ Cheney’s statement said.

Cheney’s decision was reported by CNN, The New York Times and Politico.

She did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.