Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) took a small lead on Nov. 10 in her bid for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Boebert, 35, leads Democrat opponent Adam Frisch in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race by about 450 votes, according to unofficial results from the state’s Secretary of State Office. Frisch had led by 64 votes late on Nov. 9. A final margin of less than 0.5-points would trigger an automatic recount.
Boebert, a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, is seeking a second term.
“Winning!” she said on Twitter after the updated results were announced.
“As expected, this thing is coming down to the wire. Thank you for sticking with us!” Frisch said before the latest round of results was available. “We’re feeling good & going to make sure every valid ballot counts. But we need resources to get the ballots cured, get us through to the end, and defeat Lauren Boebert.”
Frisch, 55, is a businessman and former Aspen City Council member.
Boebert was a prominent Second Amendment activist before taking office, famously challenging former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, in 2019 about his firearm confiscation plans during one of O’Rourke’s public appearances. She also used to own a restaurant called Shooters Grill where waitresses would wear guns in holsters.
Colorado’s 3rd District, in the western part of the state, includes the municipalities of Aspen, Grand Junction, and Telluride.
Colorado is among the states that were unable to complete ballot counting within 24 hours of polls closing. Thousands of ballots remain to be tallied.
Gilbert Ortiz, the Pueblo County clerk and recorder, said on Nov. 10 that there are approximately 5,000 mail-in ballots and 1,800 in-person ballots left to be counted. Another 600 absentee ballots could potentially be cured.
Ortiz told The Epoch Times that officials in Pueblo County expected to be finished with the counting by the end of the day.
Lyn Scott, the Otero County clerk, said that officials there still have about 100 ballots left to count.
A victory by Boebert would help ensure Republicans flip control of the House of Representatives. As of midday on Nov. 10, Republicans had secured 210 seats to Democrats’ 193. That’s a pickup of seven seats by the GOP.
Many of the Colorado races have already been called but there is one other close race.
Democrat Yadira Caraveo and Republican Barbara Kirkmeyer were separated by less than 150 votes in the race to represent Colorado’s 8th Congressional District.
Caraveo had 102,652 votes while Kirkmeyer had 102,518 votes as of the latest count.
Caraveo, 41, is a state representative; Kirkmeyer, 64, is a state senator.
“With Yadira in the lead and significantly more votes left to be counted in Adams than in Weld, we are confident that once all of the votes have been counted, Yadira Caraveo will be the first Congresswoman from CO-08,” Elana Schrager, campaign manager for Caraveo, said in a statement.
Kirkmeyer hasn’t yet offered comment since the election.
The state’s 8th District is new, added after after the 2020 census.
From The Epoch Times