The narrow margin forced a recount under Colorado law, which requires such action when the difference between candidates is half a percent or less. Boebert was leading by less than that when the tally ended last month.
The race in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District was not expected to be particularly competitive or exciting. The district is heavily Republican and voted for President Donald Trump by about eight percentage points in 2020.
But the showdown between Boebert — an armed, far-right Republican from the working-class town of Rifle — and Adam Frisch — a conservative Democrat and former councilman in the ski town of Aspen — came closer than expected and fueled hope. among Democrats in the post-election hours that Frisch may have unseated one of the Republican Party’s loudest and most controversial voices.
Since her election in 2020, Boebert has made headlines for her comments on gun rights and pandemic restrictions, among other things, and has made baseless claims about Democrats. She also came under scrutiny for using campaign funds to pay her rent and utility bills, and for receiving an eyebrow-raising $22,259 in mileage allowances from her campaign.
Frisch had positioned himself as a reprieve from Boebert’s ruckus, writing on his campaign website that “Lauren Boebert is an anti-American, anti-Colorado show pony who can’t tell right from wrong,” adding, “I’ll put Colorado first and keep America strong.”
But in the days after the election, when Boebert’s numbers exceeded Frisch’s, the Democrat relented. On the Friday after the election, Frisch called Boebert to relent and told his supporters not to hope that a recount would change the result. The recount brought down Boebert’s total by three votes and Frisch’s by one.
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“Elections in Colorado are safe, accurate and secure. Please save your money for your groceries, your rent, your kids, for other important causes and organizations,” Frisch said last month, urging people to stop raising money for his campaign.
The small margin was enough to keep Boebert in office – and giving Republicans their seat in the 222nd House in the next Congress — but it was a referendum on Boebert’s brand of conservatism in an election that saw far-right Republicans lose heavily.
Boebert’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday, but did respond to lawmakers retweeted a congratulatory message in honor of the win.
Fresh said on Twitter after the vote explanation on Tuesday that, “just as we expected, the number of votes did not move more than a few votes.
“I want to thank the volunteers for their efforts during this state-mandated recount,” he said. “We are all proud of the safe election in Colorado.”