Colorado Republican and former President Trump ally, Rep. Lauren Boebert, is a step ahead of her Democratic challenger as vote counts continue on Friday.
In an unexpectedly close race that has the freshman vying for a second term, Boebert has jumped up the count for the first time since counts began earlier this week.
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As of Thursday morning, Boebert trailed just behind Democratic nominee Adam Frisch by just over 60 votes that denied their lead to victory.
The controversial lawmaker has now advanced the ballot count by over 1,100 votes – a difference that represents 0.34% of voters in Colorado’s three congressional districts – with 1% of the votes yet to be tallied.
Though the jump might be enough to stop Frisch, Boebert’s support appears to have waned since her 2020 election, when she beat her Democratic challenger by more than 26,500 votes.
The Coloradan was 33 years old when she defeated the then Rep. Scott Tipton, an incumbent five-term candidate, in the 2020 GOP primary.
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Boebert’s struggle to maintain her support this election cycle is a nod to the 2022 midterm elections, when Republicans failed to deliver the expected “red wave.”
Frisch has not given up hope and announced on Twitter on Thursday that “thousands” of ballot papers still had to be counted.
“Every vote counts in this incredibly close race, and thousands of votes remain in Pueblo County and from voters from the military and overseas, and there also remain a significant number of recoverable ballots,” he said. “Help us gather the resources to make this happen!”
The GOP hoped to win majorities in both the House and Senate, although neither party achieved victory in either house of Congress.
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As Republicans move closer to winning a majority in the House of Representatives, there are still 32 seats in play as tabs continue to count election results across the country.
Districts in Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, New York and Maine are still counting ballots.