Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney endorsed Democratic Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger on Saturday, holding off another hotly contested House race in the final days of the election campaign.
Spanberger, a former CIA officer who was part of the 2018 national security Democratic primary, is locked in a tight race with Republican challenger Yesli Vega to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.
“I am honored to accept Abigail Spanberger. I have worked closely with him in Congress, and know that he is dedicated to working across the aisle to find solutions. We don’t agree on every policy, but I am absolutely confident that Abigail is dedicated to serving this country and her constituents and defending our Constitution,” Cheney said in a statement.
“Abigail’s opponent is promoting conspiracy theories, denying election results he disagrees with, and defending the indefensible,” he continued.
The move is Cheney’s latest endorsement of a member of his own opposing party. The Wyoming Republican campaigned for Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin on Tuesday and endorsed her last week, saying, “While Elissa and I have our policy differences, at a time when our nation is facing threats at home and abroad, we need serious, responsible and substantive. Elissa like members in Congress.”
Spanberger has campaigned on issues such as infrastructure and reducing prescription drug costs, while his opponent, Vega, has said he will work to keep the Biden administration in check if elected.
Virginia’s 7th District House race has been rated “Democrat-leaning” by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales.
CNN has reached out to Spanberger’s campaign for comment on the endorsement.
Cheney is leaving Congress at the end of his current term after losing the Republican primary for the at-large Wyoming seat in August. His continued criticism of former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol was seen as a key factor in his defeat.
Cheney said last month that he would not remain a Republican if Trump ran for president in 2024.