Rep. Lauren Boebert’s race is too close to name, by a margin within the recount threshold

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, a far-right Republican from Colorado, was involved in a race that was too close to call and within the threshold for an automatic recount, the Associated Press predicted Thursday, leaving the result a surprisingly competitive one Election in a conservative congressional district in doubt.

After nearly all of the votes were counted, Boebert led by 0.16 percentage points over Democrat Adam Frisch, the AP reported. Under state law, a mandatory recount must be completed no later than 35 days after the election, which is December 13.

Boebert’s lead was 551 votes out of nearly 327,000 votes tallied, the AP reported. The AP said it will await the results of a possible recount before calling the race.

The race in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district — a wide swath of western Colorado — was a showdown between Boebert, a gunman from the working-class town of Rifle on the banks of the Colorado River, and Frisch, a conservative Democrat from Colorado’s swanky ski town of Aspen.

Former President Donald Trump won the district by about eight percentage points in 2020, helping pave a clear path to victory for Boebert in the largely rural district.

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But the race ended closer than many had expected. Frisch, a former Aspen City Councilman, had announced his campaign as a reprieve from the excitement around Boebert, describe himself as a “contestant to defeat Lauren Boebert”.

“Lauren Boebert is an anti-American, anti-Colorado showpony who doesn’t know right from wrong,” Frisch said on his campaign website. “I have spent my career as a successful businessman. Now I’m running for Congress to bring down inflation and create local economic growth and jobs. I will put Colorado first and keep America strong.”

Since her election in 2020, Boebert has made national headlines with her comments on everything from gun rights to pandemic restrictions to unsubstantiated claims about Democrats. She was also under scrutiny for using campaign funds to pay her rent and utility bills and for receiving $22,259 in travel expense reimbursements as part of her campaign.

Last year, a group of Democratic lawmakers called for Boebert to be relieved of her committee duties after she made an anti-Islamic remark about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

“You know, we’re leaving the Capitol and we’re going back to my office and we’re getting on an elevator and I see a Capitol police officer running to the elevator,” Boebert told the crowd at an event in her precinct last November. “I see anger all over his face and he puts out his hand and the door closes like I can’t open it like that happened. I look to the left and there she is. Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.’ ”

Boebert later apologized “to everyone in the Muslim community whom I have offended,” but declined to publicly apologize to Omar, instead stepping up her Islamophobic attacks.

In March, Boebert heckled President Biden during his State of the Union address when he mentioned the dangers facing US troops, including cancer, the disease that killed his son Beau in 2015.

“By the time they got home, many of the fittest and best-trained warriors in the world were never the same. Headache. Deafness. Dizziness,” Biden said. “A crab that would put her in a flag-draped coffin. I know. One of those soldiers was my son, Major Beau Biden.”

“American warriors in flagged coffins,” added the President.

“Thirteen of them!” Boebert cried out, referring to the US soldiers killed during the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. She was booed and silenced by others. One Democrat yelled, “Throw them out!”

Amy Gardner and Mariana Alfaro contributed to this report.

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