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Colorado’s Lauren Boebert clinches House reelection for Republicans as Frisch concedes in tight race

DENVER — Democrat Adam Frisch conceded the election to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, saying the state’s computerized recount is unlikely to alter the end result in a race separated by fewer than 600 votes.

“I just got off the phone with Representative Boebert,” Mr. Frisch mentioned in a Friday video put up on Facebook. “I called her to formally concede this election. Please know that in the coming weeks, I will pause to reflect on this race, how I can continue to work for the people of western and southern Colorado and of this great nation.”

His choice to concede got here hours after the first-term congresswoman declared victory, citing figures launched Thursday by the Colorado secretary of state’s office that confirmed her forward by 551 votes.

“We’re about 550 votes ahead right now, and just a county or two left to report,” mentioned Ms. Boebert in a Friday interview on KDVR, a Denver TV station. “And you’re absolutely right: This is a very close race here in Colorado, and when that happens, we’re heading into an automatic recount, but that isn’t going to affect the outcome.”

She mentioned the “last recount in Colorado was for a statewide office, and it changed the vote by only 13 votes. And again, that’s statewide.”

The secretary of state’s office was anticipated to declare a recount after the ultimate tally Friday afternoon. Colorado election legislation requires a recount in races separated by lower than 0.5% of the vote.

Mr. Frisch, a former Aspen councilman, mounted a stronger-than-expected problem in the closely Republican rural third Congressional District, which encompasses many of the state’s western and southern counties.

He pressured he has not requested a recount and discouraged his supporters from sending checks to any group elevating money on behalf of the recount.

“We believe in the integrity of the elections in our great state of Colorado and are supportive of this recount to ensure continued faith in the security of our elections,” Mr. Frisch mentioned. “However, the likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small, very, very small.”

He added it “would be disingenuous and unethical for us or any other group, any other group, to continue to raise false hope and encourage fundraising for a recount.”

Mr. Frisch ran as a average and criticized the fiery Boebert for what he known as her “angertainment” method to politics.

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