Weeks after the midterm elections in November, Colorado’s secretary of state announced that U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert had effectively won her race against Adam Frisch, if only by a few hundred votes.
Election officials in the state’s sprawling 3rd congressional district counted votes for days after the Nov. 8 election. Frisch, a Democrat and former Aspen City Councilman, took the lead at first but gradually lost ground to Boebert. In the end, the initial vote tally showed Boebert, from Silt, only 554 votes ahead of Frisch.
The congresswoman declared victory at that point and Frisch conceded, but both acknowledged that the results were not yet complete. Boebert won by such a slim margin that state election laws required an automatic recount, which Secretary of State Jena Griswold officially announced late last month.
The process lasted nearly two weeks, and Griswold’s office announced late Monday that the recount did not change the election result. Boebert won a second — and likely tumultuous — term in Congress.
In the end, the recount changed only four votes. Boebert lost three and Frisch won one. The deputy won with 50.06% of the vote against 49.89% for Frisch.
The Secretary of State’s office will reimburse county election offices for the cost of the recount.