Challengers Hope to Douse Popularity of Colorado’s Fiery Congresswoman Boebert 

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Colorado’s Incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) will square off against Colorado state senator Don Coram in the Republican primary. Boebert, who’s finishing her first term, is known for her passion in standing up for the Second Amendment, support for former President Donald Trump, and her sassy opposition to almost all the policies of President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.

The winners of Tuesday’s primary races will advance to the general election on Nov. 8.

Kristin Skowronski, an Independent, will join them on the ballot. The district’s 722,000 voters also may write in the name of Marina Zimmerman, a Republican.

On June 8, the five candidates in the primary contests highlighted their platforms during a 90-minute virtual debate sponsored by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters.

Throughout the debate, the four challengers lobbed verbal grenades at Boebert, who flashed a confident smile and fired back in trademark machine-gun tempo with facts about her record.

Her district in the U.S. House of Representatives sprawls across 49,000 square miles, about half of Colorado’s geography, in the shape of a boot. The top of the district encompasses the west side of the Rocky Mountains, known to Coloradans as the “Western Slope,” the terrain on the Pacific side of the Continental Divide. In the southern part of the district, the toe of the boot pokes into the southeastern plains, part of what locals call the “Front Range.”

Boebert has spent much of her first term sparring with Democrats and voting against their policy initiatives.

She has outlined her “pro-freedom, pro-guns, and pro-Constitution” goals in a Contract with Colorado on her campaign website. This month, she introduced a bill to re-label the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.

Her opponents say her flashy style—such as posing in a dress emblazoned with “Let’s Go Brandon” across her posterior while standing with Trump—is an embarrassment.

But donors favor Boebert.

By Nanette Holt

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