After a tight US House race that was likely headed for a recount, Adam Frisch handed a victory to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Friday. The Democratic businessman from the glitzy ski town of Aspen spearheaded a surprisingly tough challenge against the famously conservative firebrand whose combative style helped define the new right.
“America is tired of the circus, tired of the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and tired of the lack of civility in our discourse,” Frisch said in a video.
CBS News had characterized the race as “lean Republican”, but on Friday Boebert was leading by only 551 votes, or 0.16 points, out of 326,965 votes counted.
Frisch said he supports the recount but that it would be unrealistic to think it would flow enough votes for him to win.
A margin that qualifies for an automatic recount under Colorado law, in a race that has drawn national attention as Republicans try to increase their advantage in the US House after securing a narrow majority on Wednesday night.
As the counties finalized unofficial results on Thursday, Boebert’s already slim lead was cut in half. All but one of the district’s 27 counties had reported final results by Thursday evening. Otero County plans to finalize its numbers on Friday.
In Colorado, a mandatory recount is triggered when the vote margin between the top two candidates is 0.5% or less of the leading candidate’s total votes. The margin was around .34% on Thursday night.
The updated results follow a busy few days for both campaigns as they scramble to “recover” ballots – the process of verifying voters’ choices if their ballots were rejected in the initial count. . Both the Republican and Democratic national campaign committees had boots on the ground in Colorado to support the effort and had a deadline of late Wednesday.
Late Thursday, Boebert claimed victory in a tweeted video of himself standing in front of the US Capitol.
“Come January, you can be sure of two things,” Boebert said before thanking his supporters, “I will be sworn in for my second term as your member of Congress, and Republicans will finally take Pelosi’s house.” Can be converted into People’s House.
While Boebert has gained widespread notoriety and a spot on the so-called “MAGA Squad,” the fact that the race is headed toward a possible recount is a sign that the provocateur style of a Trump loyalist is beginning to lead to his own political downfall. Huh. By election night, Boebert was favored to win re-election largely because the redistricting had made the vast, conservative district more Republican.
Her razor tight margin against Frisk surprised the political establishment as much as the 2020 GOP primary defeat of the five-term congressman helped propel her into office. Boebert, a one-time owner of a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, comfortably won the district in the 2020 general election and rapidly established himself as a partisan flashpoint in Washington.
She filmed an ad of herself walking the streets of the capital packing her pistol, pushed her way to the floor of the US House of Representatives, and engaged on social media from high-profile liberal Democrats like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fought. and Ilhan Omar.
Frisch, a businessman who serves on the city council in the posh ski town of Aspen, tried to build a bipartisan coalition of supporters. The challenger’s strategy was to downplay his Democratic Party affiliation and run on a largely conservative platform in order to take advantage of the GOP’s disillusionment with Boebert’s polarizing rhetoric and what he called his brand of “anger” – a term he used Often repeated in public appearances and in the media. Interview.
As for Frisch, his unexpected endorsement points to a portion of Republicans growing weary of Boebert’s Trump-like style. Whether a win or a loss, Frisch said earlier Thursday, “I think 99% of the story is here.”
Frisch said that he expected a close race and would not be surprised if he won. But the candidate, who attended a congressional orientation for newly elected delegates this week in Washington, DC, said: “Certainly we can’t be surprised if we lose. We’re not that wacky.”