Brand Freedom Caucus Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., has won her re-election bid against Democrat Adam Frisch, an automatic count confirmed Monday.
The race was decided by 546 votes, conforming to a pattern in the 2022 midterm elections, when former President Trump’s strong supporters ended up with closer-than-expected margins or lost elections in swing districts
Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced the results Monday evening. Frisch received a total of four votes in the recount, not enough to catch up and overcome Boebert’s lead. An Aspen city councilman, Frisch had already conceded the race last month after the first count put him just short of the state margin for a mandatory recount.
“The red tide has begun!” Boebert he declared on Twitter in view of the November 8 elections. However, as the results came in, it was clear that there would be more red dripping. Although the GOP was favored to win Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, with Fox News’ Power Rankings ranking the race as “likely Republican” as of Nov. 1, Boebert ran behind of his Frisch most of the night.
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 GOP emerged with a 222-seat majority in the House, while Democrats gained one seat in the Senate. However, the Democratic Party’s 51-seat majority in the Senate was unexpectedly swept away by Arizona Senator 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 have to show that we can bring down the temperature in D.C. by leading not only with strength, but with grace,” Boebert said Sunday after counties in his district completed their counts .
“Our conservative policies will help all Americans overcome the challenges we face so that each of us has the opportunity to live our best lives,” 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 legislation. He took issue with what he called his “anger,” saying he would not support U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as party leader and describing himself as a nonpartisan problem solver.
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Boebert’s time in Congress, first elected in 2020, has been characterized by enthusiastic support for former President Trump, eye-catching fashion choices and controversial statements that made her a fixture of national media coverage .
He has openly clashed with progressive lawmakers, including “Squad” members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and used his Twitter account to provoke 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 unproven claims that the election was illegitimate.
An ardent Trump supporter, Boebert enthusiastically embraced the Democratic derogatory charge of being an “Ultra MAGA” Republican, insisting that the only way Republicans will lose in the 2022 midterms is if they “start acting like Democrats “.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.