UPDATE: Ballots still arriving in 3rd Congressional District race
SOME of the counties represented in Colorado’s Third Congressional District expect to keep receiving mail ballots from out-of-state and overseas into the middle of November, leaving open the door on when an official outcome of congressional race between Rep. Lauren Boebert and Adam Frisch can be known.
Boebert maintained a small lead in the total vote count as counties across the district continued to tally ballots Friday. In Colorado’s election system, overseas ballots and ballots mailed from out of state can be counted as long as they arrive by Nov. 16.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office was sending a staff member to assist with the process in Pueblo County, and other counties in the congressional district continued to tally ballots.
Garfield County told The Denver Post it could get as many as another 450 ballots in the coming days. Audit and canvassing reports are due to the Colorado Secretary of State at the end of November. Those would generate official state certified results, and if the winning candidate wins by less than .05 percent of the total vote tally an automatic recount would be triggered.
November 9, 2022 /
Votes still being counted in 3rd Congressional District race
ADAM Frisch maintained a razor-thin lead over Rep. Lauren Boebert on Wednesday night, with the outcome of Colorado’s Third Congressional District race hinging on remaining votes to be counted in Pueblo County.
Boebert closed the gap as votes continued to be tallied Wednesday. By the late evening Boebert was within 64 votes and Pueblo County was still tabulating ballots. Pueblo County and other counties are expected to complete its count Thursday, which should yield a winner.
The race could end up in recount territory given the closeness of the contest between the former city councilman from Aspen and the incumbent congresswoman. It’s also being closely watched across the country since the outcome could also give either major political party an advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As a whole, the Valley’s vote went to Frisch, with Alamosa County, Saguache County and Costilla County providing him with enough votes to hold an edge in the six counties.
November 9, 2022 /
VOTERS in Colorado’s Third Congressional District, including the San Luis Valley, were saying bye-bye to Lauren Boebert as Adam Frisch from Aspen was pulling off the upset of the 2022 Midterm Elections.
Frisch hadn’t declared victory as of midnight but he was leading Boebert and had been ahead throughout Tuesday evening.
He spoke to supporters at around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday to update them on his plans for Wednesday, when he plans to hold a press conference. “We’re excited about where we are,” he told them. “We’d much rather be in our position than where Lauren Boebert is in.”
He carried just under a 5,000-vote lead into Wednesday morning.
“We’re just going to have to bide our time and see how this goes.”
The San Luis Valley was one example where Frisch outperformed Boebert, with Alamosa, Costilla and Saguache counties leading the way.
The former Aspen city councilman was a surprise winner of the Democratic primary in June. He then set out on a “Beat Boebert Buggy” road trip across the Third Congressional District in his effort to retire the first-term congresswoman from Colorado’s Western Slope.
Frisch was a frequent visitor in the San Luis Valley, taking in Adams State’s Homecoming, showing up in Crestone, and otherwise out-campaigning Boebert. He tagged her often as a member of Congress who spent very little time in her own congressional district, opting instead to be seen in the controversial light of MAGA Republican politics.
Frisch was winning 13 counties to Boebert’s 15 counties in Tuesday’s vote, but he scored a decisive victory in his home county of Pitkin with 80 percent of the vote, and took Pueblo County with 55 percent of the vote. Frisch also ran strong in Mesa County, which is the most populous county in the district, and he won big in Gunnison County and took the San Luis Valley’s overall vote.