The narrow margin had forced a recount under Colorado law, which requires such action when the difference between the candidates is half a percent or less. Boebert led less than that at the end of the count last month.
The race in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district was not expected to be particularly competitive or exciting. The district is heavily Republican and voted for President Donald Trump in 2020 by about eight percentage points.
But the showdown between Boebert – a gun-toting far-right Republican from the working-class town of Rifle – and Adam Frisch – a conservative Democrat and former city council member from the ski town of Aspen – has come closer than expected, fueling hope among Democrats in the hours after the election that Frisch may have dethroned one of the strongest and most controversial voices in the Republican Party.
Since being elected in 2020, Boebert has made headlines for his remarks on topics including gun rights and pandemic restrictions and made baseless claims about Democrats. She also faced scrutiny for using campaign funds to pay her rent and utility bills, and for receiving $22,259 in mileage reimbursements from her campaign.
Frisch had positioned himself as a reprieve from Boebert noise, writing on his campaign website that “Lauren Boebert is an anti-American, anti-Colorado show pony who can’t tell right from wrong,” and adding “I will put Colorado First and keep America strong.
In the days after the election, however, as Boebert’s tally overtook Frisch’s narrow lead, the Democrat conceded. The Friday after the election, Frisch called on Boebert to concede and told his supporters not to hope a recount would change the result. The recount lowered Boebert’s total by three votes and increased Frisch’s by one.
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“Colorado elections are safe, accurate and secure. Please save your money for groceries, rent, children, other important causes and organizations,” Frisch said last month, urging people to stop fundraising for his campaign.
The narrow margin was enough to keep Boebert in power – and give Republicans their 222nd House seat in the next Congress — but that was a referendum on Boebert’s brand of conservatism in an election that has seen many losses among far-right Republicans.
Boebert’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday, but lawmakers retweeted a congratulatory message celebrating victory.
Frisch said on Twitter following the certification of Tuesday’s vote, “as we had expected, the total votes did not change by more than a few votes.
“I want to thank the volunteers for their efforts during this state-mandated recount,” he said. “We are all proud of Colorado’s safe and secure elections.”