Major Election Headed For Recount

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Colorado’s third district’s tight race between incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) and her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch is heading to a recount.

The move to proceed with a recount was announced by Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Wednesday (November 30) evening.

Griswold took to Twitter to announce the recount, revealing that a “mandatory recount” would occur and that counties in Colorado’s third Congressional district had been notified, allowing them to prepare for the recount — which should be completed by December 13.

Colorado’s state law requires a recount to be conducted if the margin between the two top candidates is 0.5 percent or less. Boebert only had a margin of victory of 0.2 percent or 550 votes over Frisch.

Despite the slim margin, Frisch conceded to Boebert on November 18, explaining he didn’t believe a recount would flip enough votes in his favor.

He reiterated those statements following the announcement of a mandatory recount but showed support for the recount.

Boebert was first elected to Congress in the 2020 General Election. During that election, she beat her Democratic challenger Diane Mitsch Bush by 6.2 percentage points.

The midterm election results also show that Boebert was less popular than any other Republican in the third Congressional district.

The district, which hasn’t elected a Democratic Representative since 2008, leans Republican as there are more Republican registered voters.

But, given Republicans seeking statewide office, like Pam Anderson, who sought the position of Secretary of State beat incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Griswold by 3 percentage points, there are signs GOP voters flipped when choosing a Representative.

Boebert raised that possibility while talking to the Wall Street Journal earlier in the month. She noted there may not have been the “enthusiasm” for top ticket candidates but acknowledged “there was a lot of shifting in the votes.”