The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has made a big announcement regarding incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert’s tight reelection race against Democratic challenger Adam Frisch.
The office noted that since the final results were separated by less than a half-percent, that triggers and automatic recount.
Boebert has a slight lead over Frisch.
All 27 counties within the 3rd Congressional District must have their ballots recounted 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.”
For his part, Frisch conceded the race to Boebert last month, adding he respects the recount process but did not want to give his supporters “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,” he 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,” he added.
The Gazette reported: “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.”