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Rep. Lauren Boebert races too close to call, with margin within recount threshold

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, a far-right Republican from Colorado, was locked in a race too close to call and within the threshold for an automatic recount, the Associated Press predicted Thursday, leaving the outcome of a surprisingly competitive election in a conservative Congress. area in doubt.

With nearly all votes counted, Boebert Democrat Adam Frisch led by 0.16 percentage points, the AP reported. Under state law, a mandatory recount must be completed no later than 35 days after the election, which is December 13.

Boebert’s lead was 551 votes of nearly 327,000 votes counted, the AP reported. The AP said it will wait for the results of a possible recount to end the race.

The race in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District—a broad swath of the state’s west—was a showdown between Boebert, an armed Republican from the working-class town of Rifle on the banks of the Colorado River, and Frisch, a conservative Democrat from the Colorado River. chic ski town of Aspen.

Former President Donald Trump won the district by about eight percentage points in 2020, helping to set what was considered a clear path to victory for Boebert in the largely rural district.

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But the race ended closer than many expected. Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman, had framed his campaign as a reprieve from the commotion around Boebert, to describe himself as a “candidate to beat Lauren Boebert.”

“Lauren Boebert is an anti-American, anti-Colorado show pony who can’t tell right from wrong,” Frisch said on his campaign website. “I have spent my career as a successful businessman. Now I am running for Congress to reduce inflation and create local economic growth and jobs. I will put Colorado first and keep America strong.

Since her election in 2020, Boebert has made national headlines with her comments on everything from gun rights to pandemic restrictions to baseless claims about Democrats. She also came under scrutiny for using campaign funds to pay her rent and utility bills, and for receiving an eyebrow-raising $22,259 in mileage allowances from her campaign.

Last year, a group of Democratic lawmakers called for Boebert to be fired from her committee assignments after she made an Islamophobic remark about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

“You know, we leave the Capitol and we go back to my office and we get in an elevator and I see a Capitol police officer running to the elevator,” Boebert told the crowd at an event in her district last November. “I see anger all over his face, and he reaches, and the door closes, like I can’t open it, like what’s happening. I look to the left and there she is. Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, she should be fine.’ ”

Boebert later apologized “to everyone in the Muslim community whom I have offended”, but refused to publicly apologize to Omar, instead redoubled her Islamophobic attacks.

In March, Boebert harassed President Biden during his State of the Union address when he mentioned the dangers facing US troops, including cancer, the disease from which his son Beau died in 2015.

“When they returned home, many of the world’s strongest and best-trained warriors were never the same. Headache. Numbness. Dizziness,” Biden said. “A cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin. I know. One of those soldiers was my son, Major Beau Biden.”

“American warriors in flag-draped coffins,” the president added.

“Thirteen of them!” Boebert cried out, referring to the US soldiers killed in the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. She was booed and silenced by others. A Democrat yelled, “Kick her out!”

Amy Gardner and Mariana Alfaro contributed to this report.

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