The far-right conservative was one of the holdouts last January who tried to deny Kevin McCarthy the presidency. She also tried to force an impeachment vote against President Joe Biden this spring, which Republican leaders killed by sending it to committees. She also faced her own scandal in the fall, when her behavior got her and her partner kicked out of a performance of the musical Beetlejuice.
In his message, Boebert also alluded to the difficult re-election race that awaits him in his current district.
“I will not allow dark money intended to destroy me personally to steal this seat,” Boebert said in his statement. “It’s not fair to the 3rd District and the conservatives who fought so hard for our victories.”
Boebert was narrowly re-elected in the 2022 midterms when she defeated Democrat Adam Frisch by just 546 votes in the 3rd District, which has a +9 Republican lean. It was the closest finish in a congressional race last year. Frisch, who is running again, edged out Boebert this cycle and Democrats had already made his seat a major 2024 target.
The Cook Political Report rated Boebert’s run as a failure this summer, in light of Frisch’s strong fundraising and her failure to moderate her image after her narrow defeat last fall. The race shifted to “Leans Right” after Boebert’s announcement Wednesday.
With Boebert out of the running in third, it will likely be a tougher matchup for the Democrat who wins the nomination.
Still, in a statement, Frisch remained positive about his chances. “From day one of this race, I have been focused on defending Colorado’s rural way of life, providing common-sense solutions to the issues facing families in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. My goal remains the same.
Boebert also faced a strong Republican challenger in his current district. Jeff Hurd received significant support and was in sync with Boebert’s fundraising after joining the race in mid-August.
“We have the support of elected and previously elected Republicans across the state and district, and I will fight every day to ensure this seat remains in Republican hands,” Hurd said in a statement Wednesday.
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