TODAY   |  January 06, 2014

Liz Cheney drops from Senate race in Wyoming

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said she will drop out of competition for a U.S. Senate seat from Wyoming, citing family health concerns. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> of politics this morning, liz cheney has bankruptbankrupt abruptly dropped out of the primary. hi, kelly, good morning to you.

>> good morning, savannah. her campaign was brief and divisive, but the reason is not political. she says to nbc news, serious health issues have recently arisen in our family and under the circumstances, i have decided to discontinue my campaign. cheney goes on to reference her children saying their future and well being is her overriding priority.

>> reporter: her famous name and fierce ambition were not enough. sources tell nbc news that liz cheney will drop out of wyoming 's republican senate primary.

>> i'm announcing today that i am, indeed, going to be a candidate of the united states senate for wyoming in 2014 .

>> the 47-year-old is a married mother of five, former state department official and loyal defender of her father, the former vice president.

>> will you get out there and campaign for her?

>> well, i'll do all i can.

>> but liz cheney rattled wyoming politics by attempting to knock out a well-liked conservative, senator mike enze running for a fourth term.

>> i believe it's necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate.

>> despite deep family roots in wyoming , the gop establishment did not back her. cheney was accused of being a carpet bagger , moving her family to wyoming in 2012 after decades in the d.c. suburbs. but then her campaign exposed a stunningly public family feud over same-sex marriage, when sister mary cheney and mary's wife criticized liz's opposition to gay marriage . saying she had supported their union in the past. the rift so damaging, that dick cheney released a public statement saying liz cheney has always believed in the traditional meaning of marriage. she and her husband phil thank their supporters and say they will continue to fight for wyoming and its future, but the campaign will end today. back to all of you.

>> all right, kelly in washington,