Senate GOPers to Mike Enzi, now that Liz Cheney's dropped out: High-five!

The incumbent Wyoming Republican celebrates the end of Cheney's primary challenge

Published January 7, 2014 4:10PM (EST)

Mike Enzi      (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
Mike Enzi (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Republicans greeted Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi with smiles and high-fives on the Senate floor on Monday after Liz Cheney, Enzi's high-profile primary challenger, announced her exit from the race.

Enzi was particularly well-received by Republican senators facing primary challenges of their own. Texas' John Cornyn, who is fending off far-right congressman Steve Stockman, greeted Enzi enthusiastically. So did Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins.

Despite the bonhomie, however, Enzi's comments to reporters were subdued. "One of [Cheney's] children was having a health problem, so I hope everybody will keep them in their prayers," he told reporters, following a phone conversation with his former rival.

Enzi said he and Cheney did not discuss whether she would ultimately endorse his campaign for reelection.

Watch Republicans congratulate Enzi below, via Roll Call:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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