Democrat Adam Frisch conceded Friday in his narrow race in the US House against Republican Lauren Boebert, which is likely headed for a recount, but highlighted how his surprisingly strong performance showed that Republican voters in Boebert’s sprawling Colorado district tired of bold style.
The Associated Press has declared the elections in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district too soon. AP will await the results of a possible recount to announce the race. With nearly all of the votes counted, incumbent Boebert leads Democrat Adam Frisch by 0.16 percentage points, or 551 votes out of nearly 327,000 votes counted.
“America is sick of the circus, sick of the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and the lack of civility in our discourse,” Frisch said.
Frisch said he supported the recount but it was unrealistic to think there would be enough votes to win.
Adam Frisch, Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, arrives at the Hyatt Regency on November 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
In Colorado, a mandatory recount is triggered when the voting margin between the two frontrunners is at or below 0.5% of the frontrunner’s total votes. On Friday, that margin was around 0.34%.
Frisch’s comments come after Boebert claimed victory late Thursday in a tweeted video of her standing in front of the US Capitol.
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“In January, be sure of two things,” Boebert said before thanking her supporters, “I’ll be sworn in for my second term as your congressmen and Republicans can finally turn Pelosi’s house back into the people’s house.”
The unexpectedly narrow lead for Boebert, one of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress, was the latest indication that Trump’s grip on Republican voters may be waning amid a nationwide struggle for Republican Party leadership. It’s a question some Republican leaders have raised when they blamed Trump in part for their dismal interim results despite the former president pushing ahead with his 2024 presidential bid.
Like the former president, Boebert’s provocative style has stoked fears of the establishment and won a loyal following on the right. With frequent television appearances and an almost household name, the campaign money was pouring in — she’s raised $6.6 million over the past two years, an astronomical sum for a freshman in the House of Representatives.
For Frisch, the close race shows that voters in Colorado’s largely rural county seem to have grown weary of what he called Boebert’s “antics” and “anxiety.”
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“We have shown the country that extremist politicians can be defeated, loud voices are not invincible and shouting does not solve problems,” said Frisch.
The former city councilman in the posh town of Aspen tried to capitalize on that exhaustion. Rarely mentioning that he was a campaigning Democrat, he supported the removal of Democrat Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, saying he wanted to lower the party temperature in Washington. It was an indirect dig at Boebert that resonated with voters in a very rural county who, while conservative, have often backed pragmatists.