Freedom Caucus representative Lauren Boebert, R-Colo, won her re-election bid against Democrat Adam Frisch, an automatic recount confirmed Monday.
The race was decided by 546 votes, following a pattern in the 2022 midterms, when former President Trump’s strong supporters finished with narrower-than-expected margins or lost elections in swing districts.
Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced the results Monday night. Frisch got a total of four votes in the recount, not enough to catch up and overcome Boebert’s lead. Aspen city councilman Frisch had already conceded the race last month after the first count put him just below the state’s margin for a mandatory recount.
“The Red Wave Has Started!” Boebert declared on Twitter ahead of the November 8 elections. However, as the results came in, it became clear that there would be more red drops. Although the Republican Party was favored to win Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, with Fox News Power Rankings listing the race as “likely Republican” as of November 1, Boebert ran after his Frisch most of the night.
The Republicans lost several key races they had hoped to win, thwarting their effort to regain majorities in the House and Senate. When all was said and done, the Republican Party emerged with a minimal majority of 222 seats in the House, while the Democrats won one seat in the Senate. However, the majority of the Democratic Party’s 51-seat Senate was unexpectedly swept away by Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s decision to switch and register as an independent.
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“Republicans have been entrusted with the majority, and now we must show that we can cool down DC by leading not just with strength but with grace,” Boebert said Sunday after the counties in his district completed their recounts.
“Our conservative policies will help all Americans overcome the challenges we face so that each of us has the chance to live our best life,” he tweeted.
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Frisch, a self-described moderate, ran a campaign calling out Boebert for “tweeting nonsense and lies” instead of working to advance the legislation. He ran against what he called her “anger entertainmentHe said he would not endorse US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as party leader and described himself as a non-partisan problem solver.
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Boebert’s time in Congress (she was first elected in 2020) has been characterized by enthusiastic support for former President Trump, flashy fashion choices and controversial statements that made her a fixture of national media coverage.
He openly feuded with progressive lawmakers, including “Squad” members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and used his Twitter account to taunt his opponents and detractors, including moderate Republicans.
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Boebert was one of 147 Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election and has openly supported Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the election was illegitimate.
Boebert, a staunch Trump supporter, enthusiastically accepted the derogatory Democrat charge of being an “Ultra MAGA” Republican, insisting that the only way Republicans would lose in the 2022 midterms is if they “start acting like Democrats.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.