Contemporary conceded race in opposition to Boebert, because it continues within the recount

DENVER (AP) — While acknowledging his close race in the US House against Republican Lauren Boebert, Democrat Adam Frisch said Friday that his surprisingly strong campaign showed how tired many GOP voters are of Boebert’s brazen style.

The Associated Press has declared the election in Colorado’s sprawling 3rd congressional district too close to announce. AP will await the results of a possible recount to announce the race. With almost all of the votes counted, incumbent Boebert leads with about 0.17 percentage points or 554 votes out of over 327,000 votes counted ahead of Frisch.

The unexpectedly narrow lead for Boebert, one of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress, was the latest indication that Trump’s grip on Republican voters may be waning amid a nationwide struggle for Republican Party leadership. It’s a question some Republican leaders have raised when they blamed Trump in part for their dismal interim results despite the former president pushing ahead with his 2024 presidential bid.

“America is sick of the circus, the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and the lack of civility in our discourse,” said Frisch. The Democrat added that he does not rule out running for the seat again in 2024. Forecasters, pundits, and the political establishment had thought Frisch’s campaign largely futile, but the narrow lead is a small win for the Democrat in his own right.

“We’ve been written off by the political class, we’ve been written off by the donor class, and we’ve been written off by the political media,” Frisch told the AP. “I wish it didn’t take more people nine months to call me back.”

Frisch said he supported the mandatory recount, but that it was unrealistic to think it would turn over enough votes to win. He called Boebert to abandon the race.

In Colorado, a mandatory recount is triggered when the voting margin between the two frontrunners is at or below 0.5% of the frontrunner’s total votes. That margin was around 0.34% on Friday.

Frisch’s comments come after Boebert claimed victory late Thursday in a tweeted video of her standing in front of the US Capitol.

“In January, be sure of two things,” Boebert said before thanking her supporters, “I’ll be sworn in for my second term as your congressmen and Republicans can finally turn Pelosi’s house back into the people’s house.”

Echoing Trump, Boebert’s provocative style has fueled anti-establishment fears and garnered a loyal following on the right. With frequent television appearances and an almost household name, the campaign money was pouring in — she’s raised $6.6 million over the past two years, an astronomical sum for a freshman in the House of Representatives.

Frisch fought on a largely conservative platform and against what he called Boebert’s “antics” and “anger.”

The former city councilman in the posh town of Aspen hoped to attract disaffected Republicans and build a bipartisan political coalition. Rarely mentioning that he was a campaigning Democrat, he supported the removal of Democrat Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, saying he wanted to lower the party temperature in Washington. It was an indirect dig at Boebert that resonated with voters in a very rural county who, while conservative, have often backed pragmatists.

“We showed the country that extremist politicians can be defeated, loud voices are not invincible and shouting does not solve problems,” said Frisch.

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