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Liz Cheney Out-Fundraises Incumbent Opponent Enzi

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"With contributions from nearly 2,000 individuals, including donors in every county in Wyoming and every state in the Union, our campaign is off to a powerful start," Cheney said in an email to supporters on Tuesday. "This outpouring of support sends a loud and clear message to the Washington, DC Establishment -- business as usual just won't cut it anymore."

It's important to note that even though Cheney has raised more than Enzi, the sitting senator still has the lead in a number of key polls in the race. Indeed, Enzi has consistently been seen as the frontrunner in the race, often polling ahead of Cheney. Enzi has reported that he has $1.2 million in cash on hand, while Cheney's campaign didn't release its reserve figures.

Cheney has remained on the defensive for most of the race so far, being hit by multiple conservative super PACs and making headlines not for her attacks against Enzi, but for questions related to her residency, interactions with powerful figures in Wyoming politics and her position on about same-sex marriage (Cheney's sister is gay).

Even though Cheney did raise more than Enzi she's likely to continue to trail in the race. Enzi himself has said he didn't expect to raise immense amounts of money but that hasn't stopped him from retaining a comfortable lead in the race.

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Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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