Republican Lauren Boebert was locked in a tight race Wednesday in her bid for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Colorado against Democratic challenger Adam Frisch, a businessman and former congressman. town from the chic, mostly liberal ski town of Aspen.
Boebert’s run in Colorado’s vast 3rd Congressional District was watched nationally as Republicans attempted to overthrow control of the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections. During his first term, the Donald Trump loyalist established himself as a partisan highlight in Washington, D.C. and was favored to win re-election following the redistricting of the region. Predominantly rural conservative areas became Republicans.
Frisch alleges that Boebert sacrificed the interests of his voters because of his frequent “anger” accusing President Joe Biden and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of seeking to destroy the soul of the nation. He announced he would be taking part in the bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus” in Congress, a clear turnaround from Boebert’s refusal to build consensus across the aisle.
Frisch said in an interview early Wednesday that the contest’s ending was not a surprise.
“I spent 10 months convincing donors, journalists and political strategists everywhere that there was a way forward,” says Frisch. “I have a calm belief that 40% of Republicans want their party back.”
“We are going to have this victory,” Boebert announced at a campaign event late Tuesday in Grand Junction.
Jayson Boebert puts his arm around his wife, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert, as they pray during the Election night party in Grand Junction, Colo., Tuesday, November 8, 2022. (Photo by RJ Sangosti / The Denver Post via AP)
Republican Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer and Democratic Representative Yadira Caraveo are in another tight race in Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District, which stretches north from suburban Denver to Greeley. That race is also watched nationally.
Kirkmeyer, a former Weld County commissioner, pledged to get tough on crime and expand the oil and gas industry, which has a significant presence in the county. She used to support a ban on abortion but now says she will respect exceptions if the mother’s life is in danger.
Caraveo is a pediatrician and abortion rights advocate who voted for police accountability after the George Floyd protests. Caraveo hopes her cultural lineage as the child of Mexican immigrants will garner support in a crowded area where Latinos make up nearly 40% of the electorate.
In the 7th District outside Denver, Democratic Senator Brittany Pettersen defeated Erik Aadland, a Republican first-time candidate, to succeed eight-term Democratic Representative Ed Perlmutter.
Democrats Diana Degette, Jason Crow and Joe Neguse won re-election, as did Republicans Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn.
According to AP VoteCast, an extensive survey of more than 2,700 voters in the state, both President Biden and former President Trump rated voters’ minds high in the midterm elections. More than 6 in 10 said Biden was a factor in their vote, and a similar percentage said the same about Trump.
About seven out of 10 voters in Colorado say things are going wrong in the country. The poll also found that voters strongly disapprove of economic conditions in the United States. About three-quarters think the state of the economy is either not very good or bad, compared with about a quarter of those who call the economy very poor. color or good. About a third say their family is falling behind financially.
The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade’s 1973 abortion decision also played a role in most voter decisions, with about eight in 10 calling it a factor in the decision. how they vote. About a quarter called it the most important factor in their vote.
Associated Press writer Colleen Slevin contributed to this report
Jesse Bedayn is a corps member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for the Americas is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to cover covered issues.