Rep. Lauren Boebert Declares Victory, Challenger Concedes

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) has declared victory over challenger Adam Frisch, who conceded on Nov. 18.

“Great news tonight. As almost all the votes have finally been tallied, I’m told that there are less than 200 votes outstanding, which makes me so happy to announce we have won this race,” Boebert, 35, said in a video statement late Thursday.

Boebert is leading Frisch, 55, by just 551 votes, according to unofficial results from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office as of Nov. 18.

Per Colorado law, a recount is automatically triggered if the final margin is less than or equal to 0.5 percent. Additionally, a party may request a recount even if the margin is not that close.

But Boebert and Frisch agree a recount is unlikely to change the current result.

“The likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small, very, very small,” Frisch said in a video on Friday.

He urged supporters to save their money for groceries and rent, adding that he called Boebert to concede.

“Adam Frisch called me to concede this race. I look forward to getting past election season and focusing on conservative governance in the House majority. Time to get to work!” Boebert said.

The Colorado race is one of the few that remain uncalled.

Alaska’s at-large Congressional District is one of the others, as the second round of ranked choice voting has not yet taken place. Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) received the most votes in the first round.

The rest are in California.

State Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley is ahead in the race for California’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican John Duarte is ahead in the race for the state’s 13th Congressional District, Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) is ahead in the race for California’s 22nd Congressional District.

By Zachary Stieber

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