Boebert led by 551 votes out of nearly 327,000 ballots counted, according to the Associated Press. The Associated Press said it would wait for the results of a possible recount to announce the contest.
The race in Colorado’s Third Congressional District — a swath of the western part of the state — was between Bobert, a gun-toting Republican from the working-class Colorado Riverside town of Lyfall, and a conservative Democrat from western Colorado. A duel between the Partisans Frisch. The luxurious ski town of Aspen.
Former President Donald Trump won the district by about 8 percentage points in 2020, paving what was seen as a clear path to victory for Boebert in the mostly rural area.
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But the race ended closer than many expected. Frisch, a former Aspen city council member, described his campaign as a reprieve commotion About Bobert, describe He himself is “the candidate to beat Lauren Boebert”.
“Lauren Boebert is an anti-American, anti-Colorado show pony who can’t tell right from wrong,” Frisch said on his campaign website. “I have spent my career as a successful businessman. Now I am running for Congress to reduce inflation and create local economic growth and jobs. I will put Colorado first and keep America strong.”
Since his election in 2020, Boebert has grabbed national headlines for everything from gun rights to pandemic restrictions to baseless accusations against Democrats. She has also come under scrutiny for using campaign funds to pay rent and utilities, as well as receiving a jaw-dropping $22,259 in mileage reimbursements from her campaign.
Last year, a group of Democratic lawmakers called for Boebert to be stripped from committees after she made Islamophobic remarks against lawmakers. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota).
“You know, we’re leaving the Capitol, and then we’re going back to my office, and we’re in the elevator, and I see a Capitol police officer running up to the elevator,” Boebert said at a meeting in her district last November. He told the crowd at the event. “I saw the fear on his face and he reached for it and the door closed like I couldn’t open it like it was happening. I looked to the left and she was There. Ilhan Omar. I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.’”
Boebert later apologized “to anyone in the Muslim community I’ve offended,” but declined to publicly apologize to Omar, instead doubling down on her Islamophobic attacks.
Boebert confronted President Biden during his State of the Union address in March, citing dangers facing the U.S. military, including cancer, from which his son Beau died in 2015.
“When they got home, many of the world’s healthiest, well-trained fighters were never the same again. Headaches. Numbness. Dizziness,” Biden said. “A cancer that will put them in a coffin with a flag. I know. One of the soldiers is my son, Major Beau Biden.”
“The American soldier with the flag in his coffin,” the president added.
“Thirteen!” Boebert yelled, referring to the U.S. soldiers who died in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. She was booed and booed by other people. “Kick her out!” one Democrat yelled.
Amy Gardner and Mariana Alfaro contributed to this report.