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Dick Cheney's daughter Liz exits US Senate race

Published on Jan 6, 2014 10:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Ms Liz Cheney, the oldest daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, said on Monday she is abandoning her US Senate bid, citing "serious health issues" in her family.

The 47-year-old was in the midst of a contentious primary challenge against Republican incumbent Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming. The western state is solidly Republican, so the primary winner is nearly certain to defeat their Democratic opponent.

"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign," Ms Cheney said in a statement.

"My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority." She did not specify the health concerns.

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