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The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has ordered a mandatory recount of the results for the race of Colorado Congressional District 3 between incumbent GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert and Democrat Adam Frisch.
Under Colorado law, a recount is mandatory if the margin between the two top finishers is 0.5% or less of the leading candidate’s vote total. Colorado Secretary of State’s Office informed all 27 counties within the congressional district to begin preparations for the recount, which must be completed by Dec. 13.
“The results of the District 3 race reinforce the fact that every vote matters,” Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement. “Colorado voters have made their voices heard, and I am ordering this recount in accordance with Colorado law to confirm the will of the voters.”
Frisch conceded defeat to Boebert in late November and said he supported the process but didn’t want supporters to get “false hope.”
“We believe in the integrity of elections in our great state of Colorado and are supportive of this recount to ensure continued faith and the security of our elections,” Frisch said. “However, the likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small — very, very small. It would be disingenuous and unethical for us or any other group to continue to raise false hope and encourage fundraising for a recount.”
Frisch added: “Colorado elections are safe, accurate and secure. Please save your money for your groceries, your rent, your children and for other important causes and organizations. I just got off the phone with Representative Boebert. I called her to formally concede this election.”
“The close race in the Republican-leaning district — according to the New York Times, it was the closest congressional contest in the country this cycle — took nearly everyone by surprise. Following redistricting, the largely rural 3rd CD shifted further to the right, with Republican candidates favored by about 9 percentage points, according to a nonpartisan analysis of its electorate’s voting history,” The Gazette reported.
Late last month, Boebert put Democrats on notice by warning them she will be around to “fire” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“There’s no doubt I was a target for the Democrats, but I am confident once all of the ballots are counted, I will win, and I will be there to help fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. I don’t know if there wasn’t enough enthusiasm for our top ticket candidates for governor and Senate or what happened there. But there was a lot of shifting of the votes there. Of course, I expect to win,” Boebert said.
“I think Polis and Bennet definitely carried the ticket for the Democrat Party,” she said of Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett.
The feisty Boebert mocked Pelosi in late September after the Speaker was booed at an event in New York City.
The Speaker and her husband, Paul Pelosi, were attending the Global Citizen’s music festival in Central Park on Saturday night when actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas invited her on stage, The Daily Mail reported.
The premise of the concert was to raise awareness about climate change, but when Nancy Pelosi began to give her speech, members of the audience could be heard booing her.
— Kyle Tomczak (@ThomasCzakary) September 25, 2022
“As speaker of the house, I am here to thank you for your dazzling advocacy, entrepreneurial thinking, and determination as global citizens,” Pelosi said, to a smattering of boos.
“It’s Nancy Pelosi,” a member of the audience is heard saying in a video posted to Twitter. “Why is everyone booing?”
The incident led to a response from Boebert, known for her sharp rebukes of Democrats.
“Get used to it, Fancy Nancy. November 8th you’ll be booed out of the majority,” she noted on Twitter.