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Liz Cheney drops Senate bid. Which donors may get refunds?

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(Read caption) Liz Cheney speaks with voters during a Republican and Tea Party gathering in Emblem, Wyoming in this photo from August 2013. Cheney, the oldest daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, announced that she is ending her bid for US Senate.

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Liz Cheney is not running for a US Senate seat in Wyoming anymore. She announced Monday that she is ending her bid to unseat the Cowboy State’s incumbent Republican senator, Mike Enzi, because of unspecified “serious health issues” in her immediate family.

Ms. Cheney’s staff did not know her campaign was ending until the last minute, apparently. Her family’s health certainly comes first, but many pundits noted that Cheney is also conveniently abandoning an effort that had made little headway.

She was branded a carpetbagger from the start, as she has lived most of her adult life in northern Virginia. She made rookie mistakes, such as sniping at local journalists in a thinly populated state where local papers still have a big impact. She got caught up in a highly publicized spat over her opposition to gay marriage with her (gay and married) sister, Mary.

Most of all, she never really summarized for Wyoming voters why she thought she could do a better job than the popular, genial Senator Enzi.

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