Republican Boebert’s lead shrinks to the recount zone

DENVER (AP) — Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert’s lead over Democrat Adam Frisch has narrowed, bringing the close race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, which represents a largely rural part of Colorado, into the automatic recount zone on Thursday, with some still votes are to be counted.

Boebert, a conservative arsonist, saw her lead to about 550 votes with fresh results Thursday in a race closely watched across the country as Republicans seek to bolster their advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives after losing a narrow margin on Wednesday night have won a majority.

Boebert’s lead puts the race within the threshold that would trigger a mandatory district recount. In Colorado, an automatic recount is triggered when the voting margin between the two frontrunners is at or below 0.5% of the frontrunner’s total votes. As of Thursday, that margin was around 0.34%.

The updated results follow a hectic few days for both campaigns as they struggled to “cure” ballots – the process of confirming voters’ choices when their ballots had been rejected at the first count. Both the Republican and Democratic national campaign committees were on the ground in Colorado to support the effort.

Boebert is a Trump loyalist who has garnered widespread notoriety and a spot on the so-called “MAGA Squad” for her combative style. She had been favored for re-election in the sprawling 3rd congressional district after the conservative district’s re-election turned more Republican.

Frisch, a businessman who served on the city council of the posh ski town of Aspen, tried to lure Republican voters by downplaying his Democratic Party affiliations and the GOP’s disillusionment with Boebert’s polarizing rhetoric and what he described as their brand of ” called anger”.

For Frisch, his unexpected support from voters points to this disillusionment. Win or lose, he said, “I think 99 percent of the story is here.” Frisch said he expected a close race and wouldn’t be surprised if he won. But the nominee, who attended the congressional orientation in Washington, DC, this week for newly minted representatives, added: “Obviously we can’t be surprised if we lose. We’re not that crazy.”

A spokesman for Boebert did not immediately respond to a call Thursday for comment.

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Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed to this report from Washington DC

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