Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump and staunch Second Amendment advocate, was targeted for removal from Congress by the Democratic left and faced a much tougher re-election battle than had been anticipated.
After more than a week of ballot counting, however, it appears that Boebert has emerged victorious after her Democratic opponent, Adam Frisch, called and conceded defeat, Breitbart reported.
That said, while the concession from Frisch effectively ends the race, the election for Colorado’s Third Congressional District has not yet been formally called as the exceptionally tight margin will trigger an automatic recount that will take place in December, per state law.
Frisch concedes defeat
The Hill reported that Frisch revealed in a conference call with reporters that he had called incumbent Rep. Boebert on Friday to concede that he had lost the election.
He acknowledged the automatic recount but told the journalists that “the likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small.”
Frisch also delivered a message to his supporters and urged them to not continue donating to his campaign to help fund the ballot recount. “We are not asking for this recount. It is one that the citizens of Colorado mandate through our election system,” he said. “Please save your money for your groceries, your rent, your children.”
The Democratic candidate also appeared to chastise his own party for having eroded “the trust of rural Americans.” He went on to say that his fellow Democrats had “abandoned rural America and working-class America for the last many years,” and added, “Republicans have had a monopoly over the backbone of this country.”
Boebert declares victory ahead of automatic recount
According to the latest updated unofficial results, with more than 99 percent of the ballots counted, Rep. Boebert has 163,832 votes compared to 163,278 votes for Frisch, a difference of just 554 votes. Percentage-wise, Beobert had 50.08 percent compared to Frisch’s 49.92 percent, a margin of just 0.16 percent, well below the 0.5 percent recount trigger.
Thursday evening, once it became clear that were not enough ballots left to be counted to help Frisch surpass Boebert for the lead, the congresswoman released a video in which she claimed victory while standing outside the U.S. Capitol building.
I am so thankful for all of your support and I am so proud to be your Representative! pic.twitter.com/4gnmflotiU
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 18, 2022
On Friday, Boebert took to Twitter again and wrote, “Adam Frisch called me to concede this race. I look forward to getting past election season and focusing on conservative governance in the House majority. Time to get to work!”
According to Breitbart, per Colorado law and the secretary of state’s office, the automatic recount in the Third District race will be ordered no later than Dec. 5 and be completed no later than Dec. 13, after which Boebert will be formally declared the winner in time for her to be sworn-in alongside all of her colleagues for a second term beginning on Jan. 3.