Lauren Boebert’s Democratic opponent conceded in tight race in Colorado

In a livestream Friday, Democratic nominee Adam Frisch announced that he had called GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert to concede the race in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district.

Boebert led Frisch by 551 votes, but percentage-wise they were at 50% with 99% of the expected votes. Given Boebert’s small lead, the race was headed for a recount.

Boebert came through her Republican primary with 66% of the vote and was expected by many observers to comfortably win her general election in a district that went 15 points to former President Donald Trump in 2020.

The closer-than-expected race for Boebert is representative of the struggles the GOP has faced this mid-term cycle, despite predictions of a “red wave.”

Boebert has been a political lightning rod since he first won Colorado’s conservative-leaning 3rd congressional district in 2020 as a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, fully embracing both Trump and his provocative style.

She infamously berated President Joe Biden during his first State of the Union address of 2021, drawing groans from the chamber after screaming, “They put ’em in there, 13 of them” – and preparing for the 13th Soldiers killed during US troop withdrawal related to Afghanistan – as Biden spoke about the death of his son Beau.

Boebert spent her first few months in Congress flouting COVID-19 mask rules and vowing to put her gun on the floor of the house.

The congresswoman has been one of the many abstainers on the ballot this cycle and has frequently touted that she voted against congressional certification of Biden’s 2020 victory. She declined to tell the Colorado Times Recorder if she would accept the result of her own race, however, according to Frisch.

PHOTO: Rep. Lauren Boebert attends a news conference at the US Capitol on June 8, 2022.

Rep. Lauren Boebert attends a news conference at the US Capitol on June 8, 2022.

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“I’ve been telling you all year the Left would do anything to get rid of me,” Boebert tweeted last week as the ballot count continued. “As the final vote counts in this race, you must help us ensure we have the resources to finish what we started!”

Frisch narrowly won the Democratic primary in June. He defeated activist Sol Sandoval by just a few hundred votes.

A former Aspen councilman, Frisch focused his campaign on business and energy, and accused Boebert — who signed a “treaty with Colorado” pledging to fight for limited government, strong borders and free markets — of doing more to be more interested in making controversial statements than in legislating.

“We are very pleased to be part of the parliamentary elections. I think this county is ready for a rep who won’t lead the aggression industry. We can do better and we will do better,” said Frisch after winning his primary.

When the race fell short, Frisch said he exceeded expectations by speaking face-to-face with voters.

“If I could offer one insight to someone running for office, it would be to meet voters where they are & listen, be open to evolving your stance on issues & stand up for your principles,” he wrote on social media.

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