Adam Frisch conceded Lauren Boebert in the tight home race in Colorado

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert will be given a second term after her Democratic challenger fought an unexpectedly tough fight to unseat the controversial Republican after just one term.

On Friday, Adam Frisch, a former Aspen councilman, revealed he had called Boebert to cash in on one of the last house races in the country. At the time of his concession, he sat just 551 votes behind Boebert, close enough to trigger an automatic recount under Colorado state law.

“I am enormously grateful for the love and support that has come from every corner of our district and across the nation,” Frisch said on a livestream, before accepting his loss. “Please note that over the coming weeks I will pause and reflect on this race as I continue to work for the people of western and southern Colorado and for this great nation.”

Boebert, 35, and Frisch, 55, faced off in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district. For the first few days of vote counting, Frisch seemed to have the upper hand, leading Boebert in a race that FiveThirtyEight predicted she had a 97 percent certainty of winning.

The Republican incumbent — a provocative far-right in the form of former President Donald Trump — eventually overtook Frisch to finish 0.16% ahead of him.

Though Frisch conceded, he shared some strong words about what he hopes his campaign can show Boebert.

“Our great country needs to get back to normal. I heard it again and again during the election campaign: America is fed up with the circus. Tired of the lack of respect for our institutions and our democracy. And tired of the lack of courtesy and our discourse,” he said. “Most importantly, people in western and southern Colorado are fed up with the lack of a serious representative, having a representation more interested in aggression industry self-promotion.”

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Boebert was first elected to Congress in 2020 and won the Republican primary in her western Colorado district in June.

The legislature’s first-year term was riddled with controversy courted by Boebert himself. Earlier this year, she called a key Republican challenger a “groomer,” a term for a person who sexually abuses children.

She fell out last year with Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, about whom she has made racist comments, called her a member of the “jihadi squad” and accused her of “praising terrorists.”

Boebert was also accused of meeting with organizers of pro-Trump rallies on Jan. 6, 2021. However, she has denied any involvement in the violent riots that ensued Tweets during the attack — “Today is 1776”, said onewhile another indicated the whereabouts of House Speaker Nancy Pelosis – have been criticized.

A passionate gun advocate who committed himself to it in a political ad carry a gun To work in Congress, Boebert reportedly got into a standoff with Capitol Police when she refused to allow officers to search her bag after setting off metal detectors just days after the riot.

The editors of Boebert’s state record newspaper, The Denver Post, offered a highly critical assessment of her tenure and, in a recent op-ed, begged voters not to vote for the incumbent congresswoman this year.

The board wrote that Boebert “did not represent the 3rd congressional district well. She devoted almost exclusively her time and effort to contributing to the toxic political environment in this nation.”

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The editorial continued, “Boebert’s unproductive approach, combined with the efforts of others, has served to undermine Congress’s ability to honestly discuss public policies that could help the people of their district.”

The newspaper also described another controversy Boebert faced: that she “resisted every effort to protect public lands in the district,” while failing to disclose in a timely manner that her husband paid “nearly $1 million as a consultant to the largest drilling contractor in America has earned the Piceance Basin of the 3rd Congressional District.”