More than a week after Election Day, the race for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district remains uncalled and likely to be automatically recounted as Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert has a slim lead over her Democratic challenger, former Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch.
As of Friday, after nearly all votes were tallied, Boebert has a 551 lead over Frisch’s nearly 327,000 votes cast, a difference of 0.16 percentage points. The Associated Press deemed the race too close and will not make a call pending a possible recount.
Under Colorado state law, a mandatory recount occurs when the winning margin in an election is less than half a percentage point.
A recount in the race could take several weeks. Colorado law requires a recount to be completed 35 days after the general election, which would be held on December 13 this year.
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Regardless of possible recounts, Boebert declared the win in a video posted to social media Thursday night.
“I’ve been told there are less than 200 votes outstanding, which makes me so happy to announce that we won this race!” said Boebert. “With this victory, and with Republican control in the House of Representatives, we can focus on the really important issues, including controlling inflation, increasing our domestic energy supply, securing the southern border and maintaining strong control of the White House.”
Acknowledging the likely recount, Boebert said her campaign and attorneys “will definitely make sure everything is done properly,” predicting the outcome would not change.
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Her Democratic opponent Frisch urged his supporters to “stay tuned” in a message in which he thanked the volunteers who worked to count the ballots.
“The volunteers who spent hours – including sleepless nights – getting ballots have been healed and counted #CO03 deserve the nation’s thanks as they complete one of the most democratic processes in the world and ensure the integrity of our elections,” tweeted Frisch.
“The outpouring of support from across the country and even the world since Election Day has been overwhelming and humbling. Competing in this race, meeting so many people in my district and hearing their stories was an honor of a lifetime.”
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The lead in this race was far smaller than expected and illustrates how Republicans have far surpassed predictions of a “red wave” in the midterm elections.
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The outcome of the race does not affect which party controls Congress. Republicans secured a majority Wednesday after the Associated Press forecast Republican Mike Garcia would win re-election in California’s 27th congressional district and give the GOP 218 seats in the House of Representatives.
Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won his party’s nomination for next House Speaker with the support of former President Trump and built a broad coalition of support from moderates like Rep. Brian FitzPatrick, R-Pa., on. to arsonists like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.
Fox News’ Thomas Phippen contributed to this report.