DENVER (AP) — Losing his tight House race to Republican Lauren Bobert, Democrat Adam Frisch said Friday that his surprisingly strong campaign showed how many GOP voters are tired of Bobert’s brash style.
The Associated Press has announced that the election in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is too close to call. AP will wait for the results of a potential listing to cause race. With nearly all votes counted, incumbent Bobert leads Frisch by about 0.17 percentage points, or 554 votes out of more than 327,000 votes counted.
The surprisingly close margin for Bobert, one of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters in Congress, was the latest indication that Trump’s influence with Republican voters may be waning amid a nationwide battle over the direction of the GOP. This issue has been raised in part by some Republican leaders blame Trump for their terrible midterm results even as the former president moved forward to launch his 2024 presidential bid.
“America is tired of the circus, tired of the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and the lack of civility in our discourse,” Frisch said. The Democrat added that he is not ruling out another bid for the seat in 2024. Forecasters, pundits and the political establishment largely saw Frisch’s campaign as a shambles, but the slim margin is the Democrat’s own small victory.
“We’ve been written off by the political class, we’ve been written off by the donor class and the political media,” Frisch told the AP. “I wish more people didn’t take nine months to call me back. »
Frisch said he supports a mandatory recount, but it would be unrealistic to think it would flip enough votes for him to win. He urged Bobert to concede the race.
In Colorado, a mandatory recount is triggered when the difference in votes between the top two candidates is at least 0.5% of the leading candidate’s total votes. On Friday, this margin was about 0.34%.
Frisch’s comments came after Bobert announced her victory Thursday night in a tweet of herself standing in front of the U.S. Capitol.
“You can be sure of two things in January,” Bobert said before thanking her supporters, “I will be sworn in for my second term when your congressman and Republicans can finally turn Pelosi’s house back into the People’s House.”
In Trump’s mold, Bobert’s provocative style has sparked anti-establishment anger and won him a loyal following on the right. Thanks to frequent television appearances and a near-household name, the money has flowed from the campaign, raising $6.6 million over the past two years, an astronomical amount for a freshman in the House of Representatives.
Frisch campaigned on a largely conservative platform and against what he called Bobert’s “antics” and “anger.”
A former city councilman in the posh town of Aspen was hoping to woo disgruntled Republicans and build a bipartisan political coalition. He rarely mentioned he was a Democrat on the campaign trail and supported the removal of Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, saying he wanted to lower the partisan temperature in Washington. It was an indirect dig at Bobert that resonated with voters in a very rural area who, while conservative, often supported pragmatists.
“We have shown the country that extremist politicians can be defeated, that loud voices are invincible and that shouting will not solve problems,” Frisch said.