U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican lawmaker representing a large swath of western and southern Colorado, has said in the 2024 election that she plans to switch districts.
Boebert said in a Facebook video that she intends to run for office in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, which covers the Eastern Plains, currently represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck. Buck said last month that, due to the Republican Party’s support for former President Donald Trump and what he called an embrace of conspiracy theories. He has represented the district since 2015.
“I wanted you, my constituents and supporters, to hear directly about my plans for the 2024 election cycle and the importance of maintaining a conservative voice for Colorado in Congress as well as retaining our Republican majority in the House” , wrote Boebert in the caption of this Facebook video.
“I cannot express in words how grateful I am to everyone who has stood firmly by my side over the past year and beyond,” she continued. “I will do everything in my power to represent the 3rd District well for the remainder of this term as I work to earn the trust of conservative grassroots voters in the 4th District to represent them in 2025.”
The full video can be seen here.
Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which Boebert currently represents, covers the northwest corner of the state south through Grand Junction to the southeast corner, east to Pueblo and the central portion southern part of the state. This district has had Democratic and Republican representatives over the past several decades.
The 4th Congressional District includes most of the eastern half of the state, as well as Douglas County and Greeley. Aside from Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey, who served from 2009 to 2011, the district has not seen a Democratic representative since 1973.
Boebert won his 2022 re-election bid against Democratic challenger Adam Frisch bywith more than 300,000 votes cast. The race was so close that it triggered an automatic recount. Frisch said he .
It’s unclear how many people will run in total for this seat, but Republicans Russ Andrews, Jeff Hurd and Curtis McCrackin have announced plans to challenge Boebert in the 3rd Congressional District primary. Democrats Anna Stout and Adam Withrow, as well as Frisch, as well as three third-party candidates have said they will also run for that seat.
In 2022, Buck was re-elected handily with more than 60% of the vote. Boebert will face a packed crowd in the primary election, with six other Republican candidates having announced their intention to run. Whoever wins this candidacy will then face the winner of the Democratic primary; three people have announced their intention to run for the Democratic nomination.
In a statement, Boebert said she would continue her efforts to fight for conservatives in Colorado and across the United States, as well as against “democratic socialists and communists” and “Hollywood elites and national progressive groups.”
Boébert wasdefeating 10-year incumbent Scott Tipton, whom Trump supported at the time.
Boebert lives near the western edge of the state, in Garfield County, hundreds of miles from the 4th Congressional District. If elected to represent the 3rd Congressional District, she said she would move to that district. Members of Congress are not required to live in the districts they represent, only within the same state.
Trent Leisy, a candidate for the seat Boebert now covets, criticized the decision from a strategic perspective.
“Lauren Boebert officially gave Democrats a seat in Congress by switching districts to run in my race,” he tweeted Wednesday. “This move would give Democrats control of the House. Lauren should be a fighter and keep her district red! In Congress, I would NEVER vote to expand FISA and I’m running in a district I actually live in.”
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