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Democrat Adam Frisch conceded to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Friday in the race for Colorado’s third congressional district. While Frisch has conceded, the race is still subject to a required recount given how tight it is.
Boebert leads Frisch, 50.1 percent to 49.1 percent, with 99 percent reporting.
BREAKING: 🔴 Lauren Boebert (R)
wins re-election to the U.S. House in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District pic.twitter.com/pHfblpEnoC
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) November 18, 2022
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!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 18, 2022
The current representative is ahead by a mere 551 votes against her challenger, former Aspen City Council member Adam Frisch, Fox News reported. By state law when the lead is less than .5 percent an automatic recount is triggered. No major media organization has called the contest for either candidate.
A recount in the race could take several weeks to complete. A Colorado statute instructs that a recount must be completed 35 days after the general election, which would be Dec. 13 this year. Regardless of any potential recount, Boebert declared victory Thursday night in a video posted on social media.
“I’m told that there are less than 200 votes outstanding, which makes me so happy to announce we have won this race!” she said. “With this victory and with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, we can focus on the issues that actually matter most, including getting inflation under control, increasing our domestic energy supply, securing the southern border, and being a strong check on the White House.”
“Now, over the next couple of weeks, this race will have an automatic recount, which will be completed in early December,” she said. “My campaign team and our lawyers will definitely make sure everything is conducted properly. Past recounts in Colorado have resulted in far fewer votes being adjusted than anything that could affect the current outcome we’re seeing tonight in this race.”
“So come January, you can be certain of two things. I will be sworn in for my second term as your congresswoman, and Republicans can finally turn Pelosi’s House back into the People’s House,” the representative said.
“Thank you to every volunteer that made calls, knocked doors, and, of course, to each of you that is entrusted me with your vote. I am honored to be your representative. I pray for you and I am so grateful for you. God bless you tonight,” she said.
I am so thankful for all of your support and I am so proud to be your Representative! pic.twitter.com/4gnmflotiU
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 18, 2022
But her opponent posted a message of his own.
“The volunteers who have spent hours—including sleepless nights—getting ballots cured & counted in #CO03 deserve the nation’s thanks as they complete one of the most democratic processes in the world and ensure the integrity of our elections,” he said.
“The outpouring of support from around the country and even the world since Election Day has been overwhelming & humbling.
Running in this race, getting to know so many people in my district & hearing your stories has been an honor of a lifetime. Stay tuned,” he said.
1/ The volunteers who have spent hours—including sleepless nights—getting ballots cured & counted in #CO03 deserve the nation’s thanks as they complete one of the most democratic processes in the world and ensure the integrity of our elections.
— Adam Frisch for CD-3 (@AdamForColorado) November 17, 2022
As for “Pelosi’s House,” that era is done as she announced she would not attempt to become leader of the Democrat Party again.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will “not lead Democrats” into the new Congress but she is not retiring, either.
Speculation about her retirement has been rampant since it was assumed that Republicans would win back the House, which has now happened. A new report from Puck News states that Pelosi will not serve as the House minority leader but remain in Congress.
Sometime around noon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will walk out onto the House floor to take her final bow after 19 years as head of the Democratic caucus with a speech about passing the torch from one generation to the next, I’m told. But instead of riding high into retirement, as has long been assumed, or becoming ambassador to Italy—a diplomatic posting the White House has been holding open for her—Pelosi will announce that she plans to stay in Congress as a backbencher, roaming the halls in a sort of emeritus role and helping to guide Democrats through their turn in the minority.
The decision to step down from leadership was reached over the weekend, as I reported on Monday, after Pelosi crafted a retirement speech with the help of the celebrity historian and presidential biographer Jon Meacham, a favorite of the Democratic elite, including Joe Biden, for exactly these types of moments. I was told there were multiple drafts of the speech, signifying Pelosi’s indecision and the fluidity of the midterm election results.
Pelosi also made the official announcement from the House floor:
BREAKING: PELOSI: “I will not seek re-election as Democratic leader of our caucus in the next Congress." pic.twitter.com/4eNKsAs0ti
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 17, 2022
NEW: On the House floor at noon, Pelosi will say in a speech crafted in part by Jon Meacham that she intends to pass the torch to the next generation of leadership but will stay on as a backbencher to help guide future leader Hakeem Jeffries https://t.co/2tIhc85niv
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) November 17, 2022
A report from Politico reveals that Democrats held a “secret meeting” on Sept. 1 to determine who will replace Pelosi as the leader of House Democrats. If reporting is true, it might be down to California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff and New York Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
“Jeffries, the fifth-ranking House Democrat who aspires to be the first-ranking House Democrat in the next Congress, was picking up heightened chatter from colleagues about California Rep. Adam Schiff’s outreach expressing his own interest in the top caucus job. The 52-year-old Jeffries was concerned enough that he offered to fly to South Carolina to seek the counsel of the 82-year-old Clyburn. The younger lawmaker wanted to gently make sure his elder in the Congressional Black Caucus knew of Schiff’s quiet campaign — and to even more gently warn Clyburn about the risk of splitting votes between them and opening a path for the ambitious Californian,” Politico reported.
“There’s nothing I would ever do to impede the progress of our up-and-coming young Democrats and I see him as an up-and-coming young Democrat,” Clyburn said in an interview about Jeffries. “He knows that, I didn’t have to tell him that — but I did.”