Frisch concedes the race against Boebert on replay

Frisch concedes the race against Boebert on replay

DENVER (AP) – As he surrendered his tight U.S. House race to Republican Lauren Boebert, Democrat Adam Frisch said Friday that his surprisingly strong campaign showed how tired many GOP voters are of Boebert’s brash style.

The Associated Press has declared the election in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district too close to call. AP will await the results of a potential recount call a race. With nearly all votes counted, incumbent Boebert leads Frisch by about 0.17 percentage points, or 554 votes out of more than 327,000 votes counted.

The unexpectedly narrow margin for Boebert, one of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress, was the latest indication that Trump’s influence with Republican voters may be waning amid a nationwide battle over the direction of the Republican Party. That’s a question partly raised by some Republican leaders blaming Trump for their dismal midterm results even as the former president made progress in launching his 2024 presidential bid.

“America is tired of the circus, tired of the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and tired of the lack of civility in our discourse,” Frisch said. The Democrat added that he hasn’t ruled out another bid for the seat in 2024. Forecasters, pundits and the political establishment have largely deemed Frisch’s campaign a shambles, but the slim margin is its own small victory for Democrats.

“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 more people hadn’t taken nine months to call me.”

Frisch said he supports a mandatory recount, but that it would be unrealistic to think it would flip enough votes for him to win. He urged Boebert to concede the race.

In Colorado, a mandatory recount is triggered when the difference between the top two candidates is at or below 0.5% of the leading candidate’s vote total. That margin was around 0.34% on Friday.

Frisch’s comments come after Boebert claimed victory Thursday night in a tweeted video of herself standing outside the U.S. Capitol.

“You can be sure of two things in January,” Boebert said before thanking her supporters, “I will be sworn in for my second term because your congresswoman and the Republicans can finally make Pelosi’s House the House of the People again.”

Modeled after Trump, Boebert’s provocative style has fueled anti-establishment anger and won a loyal following on the right. With frequent TV appearances and an almost household name, campaign money has flowed in — she’s raised $6.6 million over the past two years, an astronomical amount for a new House member.

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

The former city councilman in the upscale city of Aspen hoped to woo disaffected Republicans and build a bipartisan political coalition. He rarely mentioned being a Democrat on the campaign trail and supported the ouster of Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, saying he wanted to turn the temperature down in Washington. It was an indirect dig at Boebert that resonated with voters in a heavily rural district that, while conservative, has often supported pragmatists.

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

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