By Zachary Stieber
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) will serve another term in Congress after a recount showed she triumphed in her reelection bid, Colorado officials confirmed late Dec. 12.
The mandatory recount, triggered because the margin between Boebert and her challenger was within 0.5 percent, “reconfirmed that Representative Lauren Boebert is the winner of the race,” the office of Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said.
Boebert represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
A recount of a Colorado House race also showed that Marine veteran Robert Marshall, a Democrat, won.
“The mandatory recount for U.S. Congressional District 3 and permissive recount of House District 43 are complete and have confirmed the results of the races,” Griswold said in a statement.
“Colorado’s elections are safe, secure, and accurate,” she added. “I commend the election workers from across the state and my office for conducting these recounts and for their continued work to make Colorado the best place to cast a ballot.”
Boebert, 35, has not commented on the development, but shared posts on social media noting Griswold’s announcement.
Boebert said over the weekend that the recount confirmed her win.
“I am happy to report all the counties in Colorado’s 3rd District have completed their recounts. We’ve won this election, as expected, and I’m headed back to represent you in Washington, D.C.,” she said in a video.
Before the recount, Boebert led by 550 votes over Adam Frisch, the Democrat who was seeking to unseat her, out of about 327,000 cast.
The recount ended with Boebert losing three votes and Frisch gaining one.
The final count was 163,839 votes for Boebert and 163,293 votes for Frisch.
State Rep. Kurt Huffman, a Republican, and Marshall, who left the Republican Party in 2017 over disenchantment with former President Donald Trump, each lost a single vote.
“1 vote deducted from both opponent & me. W/smaller base total & same vote margin, % win margin increased VERY slightly 4 us. LoL,” Marshall wrote on Twitter.
Frisch had already conceded and had asked supporters not to donate to him, noting that the recount was unlikely to change many votes.
“The CO Secretary of State just certified our election. Just as we expected, the vote total didn’t shift by more than a few votes,” Frisch said.
He claimed a “moral victory” because of how close the race was and said that he was confident “the coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters we built throughout this campaign to reject hate and extremism in Southern and Western Colorado will grow into the future.”
Huffman had already conceded in November.
“The final election results are in and although the outcome isn’t what we had hoped for, I am proud of our team and our campaign. Representative Marshall, I wish you well,” he said at the time.
Boebert’s race is the final call for the midterm elections. The win means Republicans will have 222 seats when the new Congress is seated in January 2023. Democrats will have 212.
That’s a mirror image of the start of the 117th Congress, when Democrats had 222 seats and Republicans had 212.
Republicans flipped control of the lower chamber with key wins in multiple states, including California, Florida, and New York.
Among the incumbents they took down: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign arm, Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), and Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.).
“I’m so thrilled the Republicans will now hold the gavel in the People’s House and I’m thrilled to represent you in that majority,” Boebert said, adding that she intended to “put a hard stop to the hard-left’s move towards socialism.”
A majority will give Republicans subpoena power and the inside track to the speaker position, currently held by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was nominated by the GOP to become speaker, but he faces opposition in the upcoming vote, which will include all members regardless of party affiliation.
Boebert, one of the youngest members of Congress, won her first election in 2019 after taking down Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) in the Republican primary and earning 51.4 percent of the vote in the general election.
Boebert is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and an ally of Trump.
Recently, she voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies same-sex marriage but, according to critics, threatens religious liberty, and for acts that are aimed at dealing with the opioid epidemic and child trafficking.
Frisch attempted to portray Boebert as an extremist and himself as a moderate, telling prospective voters that he would not support Pelosi for the top Democrat post and that he was in favor of securing the U.S.–Mexico border and gun rights.
Boebert used to own a restaurant called Shooters Grill where staff members openly carried firearms.