Beaubert loses by 62 votes in narrow Colorado election

Rep. Lauren Boebert (Republican) was in a hot reelection race in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, winning more than 95% of the vote, trailing Democrat Adam Frisch by 62 votes. Compiled by The New York Times.

The two campaigns expressed optimism in a conversation with The Hill Wednesday afternoon, acknowledging their respective winning paths, but nearly 24 hours after voting closed in the Centennial State. He later pointed out that the race was far from over.

“We like where we are. I think we’re in a really good place. Waiting for what we think is the last batch of numbers that should work for us, but I I’m certainly not going to — I’m a pretty humble guy and I’m not going to get over skiing, so I’m going to wait patiently,” Frisch told Hill in an interview.

“There is certainly a way to win,” Boebert spokesperson Ben Stout told The Hill.

Both campaigns target two key counties: Pueblo and Mesa. These counties get the most votes and could play a key role in determining the winner of the highly competitive Colorado race.

Pueblo County, a liberal-leaning neighborhood that voted overwhelmingly for President Biden in 2020, won 92% of the vote, 55% to 45%, so far supporting Beaubert, according to The Times. and endorses Frisch. A spokesperson for Frisch noted that counties typically take a long time to report votes.

That remaining batch ignites the hopes of the Flish campaign.

A spokesperson for the Frisch campaign told The Hill, “For us, it’s the home of the Democratic Party in the district, so we’re confident we can keep it, even if it’s a small lead.”

At the other end of the aisle, Boebert’s operations focus on Mesa County, which easily endorsed former President Trump in 2020. With more than 95% of his vote, the region chooses his Boebert over Frisch 58% to 42%. The Times reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, Stout told The Hill that the incumbent received 500 votes when Montrose County cast the ballot, further tightening the competition.

“It just keeps shrinking, shrinking, shrinking. We expect it to continue to be this process. And then it’s really a combination of voter turnout and, you know, voting on the day. will end up in ,” he said, and House supporters tend to vote in person on Election Day rather than before the deadline.

In Colorado, a recount will be triggered if the race’s final margin is 0.5 percentage points or less.

The ultra-thin Colorado contest has emerged as something of a “sleeper race” for the cycle, with the nation’s top 100,000 competitors running until Election Day, when Frisch opened with a shocking lead over Beaubert as the votes closed. Virtually did not attract attention on stage.

Mr. Boebert, a new member of Congress, it was lynnJoined QAnonhas made headlines in two years in Congress for supporting Trump’s allegations of election fraud and, among other things, refusing to wear masks in the House. She claims she’s not a follower of Q Anon.

“Just shout out to my dad who lives in his own district and told me last month [Lauren Boebert] We could lose and I didn’t believe him,” said former White House press secretary Jen Psakih. wrote on twitteradding another message that watching the race is “huge”.

However, the campaign on the ground was unfazed by the close competition tightening by the hour, insisting that the competition was always expected to be decided.

Frisch, a local businessman with only election experience on the Aspen City Council, said he had studied CD-3’s electoral history and realized he could win a coalition large enough to defeat Beaubert. rice field.

“Lauren Boubert won 51% of the vote in 2020, but she didn’t win her home county.The people who knew her didn’t care about her, and she was far more popular than before. A lot of people know her, and by my calculations, if you can collect 10% of her former voters and some undervotes — you know, Joe O’Dea is in the same constituency. We’ll get more votes than Lauren Boebert, Frisch said, referring to anti-Trump Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Colorado’s Third District voted for Trump over Biden in the 2020 presidential election, 51.6% to 46.1%. The agitator congressman won re-election that year by a similar margin, beating his Democratic challenger by 51.4% to 45.2%.

“If moderate pro-business Democrats can win the Democratic primary … I thought we could build this coalition and that’s what we did,” he said.

“So I was surprised? No,” he added.

Boebert’s campaign also knew Tuesday’s race would not be an easy run to re-election.

Arguing that Frisch has been promoting himself as a right-wing individual throughout the cycle, Stout said, “We didn’t expect it to explode.

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