Lauren Boebert Now Leads by 1K Votes

House race in Colorado still too close to call
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2022 12:00 AM CST
Lauren Boebert Now Leads by 1K Votes
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., with her husband, Jayson Boebert, in black hat, talk with supporters during an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo.   (Christopher Tomlinson/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP)

After briefly trailing Democratic challenger Adam Frisch by 64 votes, Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is back in the lead in her race for re-election to the House. As of midnight Friday, with 99% of the vote counted, she was ahead by 1,122 votes. Boebert, a Trump ally, represents a conservative-leaning rural district Trump won in both 2016 and 2020, and no one expected the race to be this close, NBC News reports. The state's recount threshold is at the 0.5 percentage point mark, which the the Denver Post puts at around 802 votes based on voter turnout. But the AP offers different math, reporting Boebert's current lead amounts to just 0.4 percentage points.

Thousands of ballots still need to be counted, but the Post says Frisch's "chances of making up the difference continue to shrink." Boebert on Thursday suggested a lack of enthusiasm for other Republicans on the ballot could be to blame for her tight race, telling the Wall Street Journal, "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 in the votes there." (Here's how things currently stand in other key races.)

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