Report: Liz Cheney quits Senate race

8:00 AM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
Liz Cheney, eldest daughter of ex-vice president Dick Cheney, is a TV commentator and board member of Keep America Safe.
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WASHINGTON (USATODAY.com) -- Liz Cheney dropped her bid for the Senate in Wyoming, saying "serious health issues" in her family have caused her to end her GOP primary challenge against Sen. Mike Enzi.

Cheney's statement was reported Monday morning by Politico.

"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign," reads the Cheney statement. "My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority."

Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, upended Wyoming politics when she announced in July that she would take on Enzi, a three-term veteran. Her decision was a personal blow to Enzi, who counted Dick Cheney as a friend and said he had received assurances from Liz Cheney that she would not challenge him.

The Cheney campaign also divided Republicans in the state, with many prominent politicians such as Sen. John Barasso and former senator Al Simpson siding with Enzi. Cheney's candidacy also split her family and exposed a rift with her sister, Mary, over same-sex marriage.

Mary Cheney, who is lesbian, and her spouse, Heather Poe, took to Facebook in November to criticize Liz Cheney's stance on "traditional marriage" after the candidate's appearance on Fox News. Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, issued a statement in support of daughter Liz.

Liz Cheney's decision to abandon her campaign was first reported Sunday night by CNN.

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