Republican Boebert’s lead narrows to within recount zone

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DENVER (AP) — Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert’s lead has narrowed over Democrat Adam Frisch, pushing the tight race for a seat in the U.S. House, which represents a largely rural swath of Colorado, into the automatic recount zone Thursday, with a few more votes to count.

Boebert, a conservative firefighter, saw her lead fall to about 556 votes with new results Thursday in a race closely watched across the country as Republicans try to consolidate their lead in the U.S. House after holding a narrow majority Wednesday night achieved.

Boebert’s margin puts the race within the threshold that would trigger a mandatory recount in the district. In Colorado, an automatic recount is triggered when the margin of the vote between the top two candidates is equal to or less than 0.5% of the leading candidate’s vote. On Thursday, that margin was around 0.34%.

The updated results follow a hectic few days for both campaigns as they scrambled to “cure” ballots — the process of confirming voters’ choices if their ballots had been rejected on the first count. Both the Republican and Democratic national campaign committees had boots on the floor in Colorado to support the effort.

Boebert is a Trump loyalist who gained widespread fame for her combative style and earned a spot in the so-called “MAGA Squad”. She had been favored to win re-election in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District after redistricting made the conservative district more Republican.

Frisch, a businessman who served on the city council of the posh ski town of Aspen, tried to lure Republican voters by downplaying his membership in the Democratic Party and playing on the GOP’s disillusionment with Boebert’s polarizing rhetoric and what he called her form of ” anger management.”

For Frisch, his unexpected support among voters points to that disillusionment. Whether he wins or loses, he said, “I think 99% of the story is here.” Frisch said he expected a close race and wouldn’t be surprised if he won. But the nominee, who attended this week’s congressional orientation in Washington, D.C. for newly minted representatives, added: “Obviously, we can’t be surprised if we lose. We’re not that crazy.”

A spokesperson for Boebert did not immediately call back Thursday to ask for comment.

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Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed to this report from Washington DC

Bedayn serves on the Corps for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercover issues.

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