Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, left, looks toward Rep. Liz Cheney as the Wyoming Republican offers her support during a campaign rally on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, in East Lansing, Michigan.
East Lansing, Michigan CNN  — 

Rep. Liz Cheney returned to the campaign trail Tuesday night, receiving a standing ovation more than 1,600 miles from her Wyoming home – and a world away from the Republican politics that have been her family’s lifeblood.

She will be leaving office in two months, following a resounding defeat in her August primary to a Trump-backed challenger. But Cheney made clear that she is intent on trying to shape the next session of Congress and stop – or limit – the scope of a potential Republican majority not committed to protecting democracy.

“If we want to ensure the survival of the republic, we have to walk away from politics as usual,” Cheney said. “We have to stand up – every one of us –