In a race that’s taking the nation by surprise, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and a former Aspen city councilman Democrat Adam Frisch are neck and neck for the win and could result in a recount.
Boebert’s contest in Colorado’s sprawling 3rd Congressional District was being watched nationally as Republicans try to flip control of the U.S. House in the midterm elections.
At the last update on Saturday at 9:00 am, EST. Boebert’s lead stood at 162,040 to Frisch’s 160,918 with 99% reporting.
A recount in the race could take several weeks to complete. Under Colorado law, the recount must be completed 35 days after the general election, which would be Dec. 13 this year.
“Looks like we are likely heading to a recount as the margin of this race is so close,” Frisch said Saturday in a tweet. “We are still waiting on thousands of ballots to come in from overseas and the military as well as those that need signature and technical verification.”
On Friday, Boebert tweeted, “I told you all year, the Left would do everything that they possibly could to get rid of me. As this race comes down to every last vote, I need you to help us ensure we have the resources to finish what we started!”
“I knew this race would be close, but I didn’t know it would be one of the closest in the country! We’re still waiting on ballots to cure and overseas and military ballots to be counted. Thank you all for the support during this process,” Frisch tweeted on Friday.
“The red wave has begun,” Boebert tweeted as polls began closing Tuesday evening.
At a campaign party Tuesday night in Grand Junction, Boebert got onto a stage and offered an extended prayer to her supporters. She ended by declaring: “We will have this victory.”
Frisch says that Boebert sacrificed her constituents’ interests for frequent “angertainment” in accusing President Joe Biden and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of seeking to destroy the soul of the nation.
He vowed to join the bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus” in Congress, a sharp turn from Boebert’s repudiation of across-the-aisle census building.
Frisch said in an interview early Wednesday that the close contest wasn’t a surprise.
“I spent 10 months trying to convince donors and journalists and political strategists everywhere that there was a path forward,” Frisch said. “I have this calm belief that that 40% of the Republican party wants their party back.”