Lauren Boebert results – live: Colorado race down to wire with Democrat Adam Frisch leading Republican by 64 votes

Midterms 2022: What’s happened in the Senate?

The race between Lauren Boebert and Adam Frisch has gone down to the wire with the Democratic challenger now leading by just 64 votes.

By early on Thursday morning, 99 per cent of all votes had been reported for the US House seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, with the two candidates neck and neck with 50 per cent of the vote each.

Mr Frisch still holds a narrow lead, with 156,746 votes to Ms Boebert’s 156,682, though the race remains too close to call.

The tight race came as something of a surprise to both Republicans and Democrats – as well as pollsters – after the controversial, gun-toting congresswoman had been expected to enjoy a comfortable reelection to the seat she has occupied since 2020.

Meanwhile in the race for Senate, Democrat Michael Bennet edged out Republican Joe O’Dea with 54.9 per cent of the vote.

The governorship also went blue, with Democrat Jared Polis beating out Republican Heidi Ganahl.

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Who is Adam Frisch?

Adam Frisch, 55, is caught in a close race with Lauren Boebert for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

Mr Frisch is a former currency trader who served eight years on Aspen City Council.

A married father of two, he was unaffiliated with any party for decades before joining the Democratic Party in 1992.

He told The Independent that he decided to run against Ms Boebert because he found some of her comments “disgusting and anti-ethical to America” and opposed her brand of “angertainment”.

Calling himself a “numbers person,” Mr Frisch said that the fact that Ms Boebert only won 51 per cent of the vote when she was elected in 2020 also “caught my eye”.

“I was thinking, you know, if a moderate, pragmatic, pro-business Democrat could get by the Democratic primary, which wouldn’t be easy – and it wasn’t – I thought I could build a coalition,” he said.

Rachel Sharp10 November 2022 12:30

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Who is Lauren Boebert?

Lauren Boebert, 35, was among the first of a post-2016 breed of MAGA-focused Republicans to win a major congressional seat.

Ms Boebert is the daughter of a single mother and has spoken at length about her upbringing struggling with poverty and a single-parent home.

The congresswoman first made headlines not as a politician but as a restauranteur. Her establishment, called Shooters, grabbed the public’s attention thanks to its wait staff openly carrying firearms during their shifts. She also refused to stop offering in-door dining during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Boebert made national headlines again after she disrupted a campaign event held by then-Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who had run on tightening gun control measures to curb shooting violence in the country. She was armed when she crashed the event and defied Mr O’Rourke’s claim that he wanted to confiscate assault weapons.

Later that year she announced her candidacy for the state’s 3rd Congressional District, challenging then-incumbent Scott Tipton. Ms Boebert ran a campaign largely rooted in MAGA-ideology and loyalty to former President Donald Trump, and has continued to promote nationalist ideals during her time in Congress.

During her campaign and congressional tenure, Ms Boebert has been criticised for saying she “hopes [QAnon] is true,” closeness with the Proud Boys right-wing gang, and claiming she is “with the militias.” She faced further scrutiny after aligning herself with the Capitol rioters on January 6 and tweeting “today is 1776” while Trump loyalists attacked the building and Capitol police.

Ms Boebert is married to her husband, Jayson, and the couple have four sons.

Rachel Sharp10 November 2022 12:00

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Trump urged to delay 2024 run announcement

Lauren Boebert isn’t the only MAGA Republican to struggle in the midterms.

Several GOP candidates endorsed by Donald Trump lost their races, including TV doctor Mehmet Oz who was beaten to the US Senate seat in Pennsylvania by Democrat John Fetterman.

Now, Republican leaders and allies are urging former president Donald Trump to delay his 2024 presidential announcement to “look at realities on the ground” amid setbacks for the GOP in midterm elections.

The Independent’s Shweta Sharma has the full story:

Rachel Sharp10 November 2022 11:30

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Boebert used Trump and the Proud Boys to gain power – then she got personal to defend her seat

During Lauren Boebert’s election run, she tried to tie rival Adam Frisch to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and of being an out-of-touch elitist for formerly living in Aspen and serving on its city council.

She also alleged he “succumbed to blackmail” while serving on the councils, a claim Mr Frisch said he wished not to elaborate on to avoid adding “fuel to the fire”.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has the full story:

Bevan Hurley10 November 2022 11:00

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Race on a knife with 64 votes in it

The race between Lauren Boebert and Adam Frisch has gone down to the wire with the Democratic challenger now leading by just 64 votes.

By early on Thursday morning, 99 per cent of all votes had been reported for the US House seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, with the two candidates neck and neck with 50 per cent of the vote each.

Mr Frisch still holds a narrow lead, with 156,746 votes to Ms Boebert’s 156,682, though the race remains too close to call.

The Democrat had been enjoyed a comfortable lead over the far-right Republican but the race has now narrowed after votes from more right-leaning counties were reported.

Rachel Sharp10 November 2022 10:28

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‘People want the circus to stop’

Few were picking Lauren Boebert’s Congressional race to go down to the wire.

“She is the incumbent; she represents a plus-nine Republican district; she’s outraised Adam Frisch, so she has more money to spend for her campaign,” Justin Gollob, a political science professor, told The Independent’s Sheila Flynn.

“Her name recognition is higher than Adam Frisch’s. Probably one of his biggest liabilities at this point is his lower name recognition.

“All those signs point to a fairly convincing win. So what’s really a surprise, at this point, is that we’re even having this conversation about the competitiveness of this race.”

Read Sheila’s fascinating report on how Ms Boebert’s “angertainment” alienated voters.

Bevan Hurley10 November 2022 09:01

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Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock headed to runoff election in Georgia

Several networks projected the race would head to a 6 December runoff on Wednesday afternoon.

That could mean that the outcome of the race and control of the upper chamber of Congress will once again come down to voters in Georgia.

Bevan Hurley10 November 2022 07:01

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Adam Kinzinger mocks ‘loser’ Trump in withering attack

Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger mocked Donald Trump supporters on Wednesday, after a sponsored post on Truth Social network claimed the former president was “prophesied” in the Bible.

“Interesting,” the Illinois Republican wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Googles Bible verses with ‘loser’ in them.”

Bevan Hurley10 November 2022 05:01

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Biden takes a victory lap after midterms success

In his first remarks since the midterms, Joe Biden praised Democrats’ performance in House races and how the party held many Senate races.

“While the press and the pundits are predicting a ‘giant red wave,’ it didn’t happen,” he told reporters.

“And I know you were somewhat miffed by my obssessive optimism but I felt good during the whole process.”

Bevan Hurley10 November 2022 04:00

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Trump was actually the biggest winner in the midterm elections — and this is why

When the Republican party inevitably retakes the House and McCarthy scraps the January 6 committe, Trump will be bullying and trampling over DeSantis — maybe all the way to Oval Office, writes Andrew Buncombe.

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