Voters in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district should have a clearer idea by Friday of who their next representative in Washington will be, but Aspen candidate Adam Frisch said his turnout so far exemplifies willingness Conservatives to vote blue in the current political environment.
As the three-day Veterans Day weekend ended Sunday, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Silt, edged out Frisch by 1,122 votes. The first-term congresswoman received 162,040 votes to Frisch’s 160,918 votes, giving her a 50.17% advantage over Frisch’s 49.83%, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website. Boebert’s lead was within the 0.05% margin that would trigger an automatic recount.
Since announcing his candidacy in February, Frisch has been trying to shake off the stereotype of Aspen that he is a wealthy, detached liberal, unable to connect or identify with blue-collar voters living in the sprawling Communities District. farming and oil and gas development. Frisch fell in the district’s two largest population centers — Mesa County on the Western Slope and Pueblo County in southern Colorado — and localities in between.
“I did a lot of road work in the primaries because I know I had to get over the mountain town thing of Aspen,” said Frisch, who survived the June primary election with 25,750 votes against. runner-up Sol Sandoval, who garnered 25,460 votes. Democrat Alex Walker finished third in 9,507 primary votes. “It was a bit about people assuming I’m liberal, but more about ‘how can someone in a mountain town contact me in Pueblo’ or the Rangely rancher. I knew that if I could show up in front of people, I could win their choice.
His campaign plan was to run as a moderate, fiscally conservative Democrat and meet with voters who voted for Boebert in 2020 but “were tired of the circus,” Frisch said, noting that the incumbent’s flamethrower rhetoric s was running out in the 27-County/District.
“I think having this conservative, pro-business, pro-domestic Democratic energy, that this story got me votes from some people who were probably going to stay at home or under-vote with her, but they were going to take a chance or an opportunity for me because they liked what they heard,” he said.
Boebert had the endorsement of Donald Trump in his June primary election, has been strongly against abortion and was part of the MAGA movement which was due to take place midway through Tuesday.
Boebert tweeted on Friday: “I’ve been telling you all year the left would do anything they could to get rid of me. As this race comes down to every last vote, I need you to help us ensure we have the resources to finish what we started!”
The MAGA candidates have mostly failed to live up to their expectations – from Trump’s pick Dr. Mehmet Oz falling to John Fetterman in the Pennsylvania Senate contest, to Democrat Hillary Scholten defeating Trump-endorsed John Gibbs, in a congressional race in Michigan.
Frisch felt that Boebert was also vulnerable.
“First, she was electorally weak,” Frisch said. “Secondly, we had to work incredibly hard and run a very, very good campaign. And three, the person running against the MAGA candidate has to be able to convince some of those people…and they’re there. But no matter how you work, if those candidates can’t connect with a subset of supposedly normal Republican voters or right-wing unaffiliates, you can’t get them.
“Have I connected enough? We will find out on Friday.
BIG DELAYS THIS WEEK
Two key deadlines loom this week. Wednesday is the deadline for voters to “cure” rejected ballots. Ballots for military and foreign voters that were postmarked by 7 p.m. Nov. 8 must also be returned to county clerks on Wednesday. Clerks are supposed to have counted all their ballots by Friday.
The Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office said last week that there were 132 ballots from Pitkin County voters that needed to be decided. The office said it sent letters with the undecided ballots that were rejected by teams of election judges for reasons that could include a signature discrepancy, ID required or an unsigned envelope.
Voters can also visit the Secretary of State’s website to check their voting status.
“I’m cool and calm and calm and sleeping,” Frisch said. “There are probably 100 million people focused on this race, but the picture is that we’re down about 1,000.”
According to the Associated Press, 99% of the votes had been counted.
Counties have until Nov. 29 to file their election audit with the state and until Nov. 30 to submit their Canvas Reports, which cover the number of votes counted, rejected, cured and disqualified.
In the event of an automatic recount, results would be expected until Dec. 13, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s election calendar. Without an automatic recount, candidates could throw their own but would have to pay for it. Candidate recounts are expected to be completed by December 15.
“We have this moral victory, but we’re just trying to make it a win-win, not just a moral victory,” Frischh said.