By Becky Hogan
Several GOP senators have recently voiced support for incumbent Senator Mike Enzi since Liz Cheney recently announced she’ll challenge him in a 2014 primary.
His colleagues like Rand Paul, John McCain, and others have praised the three-term Wyoming senator for his ability to work across the aisle.
The primary race is symptomatic of the rift the GOP is facing all over the country: compromise vs. ideology. Enzi is one of the most conservative members of the Senate, but also has a long history of working with Democrats.
Cheney is a former commentator for Fox News and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and takes a hard-line view of how the GOP should do business in Washington.
The media has been speculating about what this race signals for the Republican party in since Cheney announced she’d run.
While they have received similar levels of national media coverage over the past month, Cheney has received more media attention from Beltway outlets. Cheney is a Washington-insider with deep ties to DC so it makes sense that she might be played up more in Beltway media than her primary opponent.
Enzi has kept a low profile since Cheney announced her candidacy, and it shows on social media. On Twitter, Cheney has over 44,000 followers compared to Enzi’s 4,000 plus.
Will Cheney’s strong presence on Twitter give her a leg up in the race?
What’s interesting is other top politicians in the state don’t have robust followings on social media either. We compared Enzi and Cheney to Wyoming’s governor Matt Mead and incumbent Senator John Barrasso.
Perhaps Wyoming voters aren’t using social media to connect with candidates and elected officials like they are in other parts of the county.
So is Cheney’s online buzz more hype than support?
We’ll keep an eye on this race as Wyoming voters draw distinctions between these two conservative challengers.