After a recount in a remarkably close race, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, known for heckling President Biden during his State of the Union address, arming herself on Capitol Hill and ignoring Covid mask rules, won his bid for a second term. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced the results Monday.
Ms. Boebert, 35, dodged a fierce challenge from Adam Frisch, a Democratic businessman and former city councilman in Aspen, Colorado, in the state’s Republican-leaning Third District.
Mr. Frisch, who faced a deficit of about 500 votes out of more than 327,000 votes, obtained only two votes in the automatic recount. In the end, Ms. Boebert won with 50.06% of the vote, against 49.89% for Mr. Frisch.
On Twitter Sunday, before the recount was made official by the Secretary of State, Ms Boebert said: “Our conservative policies will help all Americans overcome the challenges we face so that each of us has the opportunity to live our best life. Thank you for trusting me to help lead the way. I will work every day to prove that I can do the job well.
Mr Frisch had sought to cast Ms Boebert as a flamethrower in an increasingly polarized Congress, saying she was more focused on appeasing the far-right Trump wing of the Republican Party than curbing inflation and job creation.
He presented himself in a television ad as not being a typical Democrat, saying he would not vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House and that he supported border security. He showed footage of himself hunting with a shotgun.
But a disadvantage in name recognition and voter composition in the district proved too much for Mr. Frisch to overcome against Ms. Boebert, who drew national attention for her inflammatory actions.
On Monday evening, he released a statement about his loss. “While we were hoping for a different result,” Frisch said, “we defied incredible odds with the proximity of this race.” He added: “I am confident that the coalition of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters that we have built throughout this campaign to reject hate and extremism in southern and western Colorado will will develop in the future.”
Alongside Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, another Republican also in her first term, Ms. Boebert brought no-holds-barred politics to the House, feeding on a social media echo chamber of loyalists who backed the former President Donald J. .Trump. It put Ms Boebert at odds with platforms like Twitter, which temporarily suspended her account after she spread the lie that the 2020 election was rigged.
Her rhetoric and political style also made her a target for Democrats in the Republican primary, many of whom crossed party lines to back her Republican challenger, driven by fear of her extremism and a view of her as an embodiment of authoritarianism.
Ms Boebert won her congressional seat in 2020, when she ousted a five-term incumbent in the Republican primary before winning the general election. Until then, she ran a gun-themed restaurant in Colorado ranch country – the Shooters Grill – where she encouraged staff members to carry guns and defied restrictions by staying open during the pandemic. .