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Boebert to abandon congressional district as re-election chances plummet

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) announced Wednesday that she will move to another Colorado district in an effort to win a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2024.

In a video statement on Facebook Wednesday evening, Boebert revealed her plan to move from her home 3rd District, where she won by 500 votes last year, to the more GOP-friendly 4th District.

“I didn’t come to this decision easily,” she said. “A lot of prayer, a lot of difficult conversations and a lot of perspective have convinced me that this is the best way to continue fighting for Colorado, for the conservative movement and for my children’s future.”

Boebert’s narrow midterm victory saw him triumph over Democrat Adam Frisch, who is running again this year. This time, he largely surpasses the deputy, despite the Republican orientation of the 3rd district.

The 4th District is considered the most conservative seat in the state, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, which rates it at R+13 (as opposed to the 3rd District, which is rated at R+7). In response to Boebert’s announcement, according to Colorado Public Radio, the Cook Political Report changed its predictions for the 3rd District race from a “toss-up” to a “right-leaning.”

Boebert suggested in his video that by taking, Beetle juice controversy and all, outside of the 3rd District, the Republican Party would have a better chance of hanging on to the seat. “I will not allow black money meant to destroy me personally to steal this seat,” she said. “It’s not fair to the 3rd District and the conservatives who fought so hard for our victories, for which I am incredibly grateful.”

Frisch, a former Aspen City Council member, has raised more money for his campaign than almost any other candidate for the House of Representatives in 2024, reporting to the Federal Election Commission that he has so far raised 7 .7 million dollars, according to Time first reported this week. Boebert, on the other hand, raised just over $2.4 million.

Frisch said in a statement to The Associated Press after Boebert’s announcement that he remains prepared to take on whoever wins the Republican nomination in the 3rd.

“From day one of this race, I have been focused on defending Colorado’s rural way of life and providing common-sense solutions to the problems facing families in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District,” a- he declared. “My goal will remain the same.”

Frisch’s Republican challenger will likely be Jeff Hurd, an attorney who has garnered support from a number of prominent Colorado officials, including former Gov. Bill Owens and former Sen. Hank Brown, according to The New York Times.

As for Boebert, she will now attempt to succeed Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican who announced he would not seek re-election next year. A number of other Republican candidates have already thrown their hat into the ring in the 4th, including two former state senators, a state congressman, a Navy veteran and a local radio host.

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