A thin margin in Colorado Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert's reelection race against Democrat Adam Frisch could trigger a rare automatic recount in an election that will help determine the extent of the GOP's slim House majority. The Associated Press has declared race too close to call with Boebert up by 0.16% or 551 votes out of nearly 327,000 with nearly all votes counted. An automatic recount in Colorado comes when the margin is at or below 0.5% of the leading candidate's vote total. The Colorado Secretary of State's office has until Dec. 5 to declare an automatic recount.
Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is likely headed to an automatic recount in her bid to fend off a surprisingly difficult challenge from a Democratic businessman from the ritzy ski town of Aspen. The Associated Press has declared the election too close to call in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. AP will await the results of a potential recount to call the race.
Democratic state Rep. Yadira Caraveo has defeated Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer in Colorado's new 8th Congressional District, which stretches north of Denver. The Associated Press called the race Tuesday. The win comes as Republicans try to flip control of the U.S. House in the midterm elections after Democrats secured control in the Senate. Caraveo is a pediatrician and defender of abortion rights who voted for police accountability after protests that followed the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Caraveo hoped her cultural lineage as the child of Mexican immigrants would attract support in a swing district where Latinos comprise nearly 40% of voters.
By The Associated Press and Jesse Bedayn, Associated Press/Report for America
Colorado residents have voted to rewrite the state's tax law to direct an estimated $300 million a year to affordable housing projects. The ballot initiative funnels a fraction of Colorado's taxable income into programs that include helping essential workers buy homes and supporting local governments to increase affordable housing stock.
Republican Lauren Boebert's race against Democrat Adam Frisch remained extremely tight on Thursday and could be headed for a recount. The tightness of the race has garnered national attention as Republicans inch closer to the 218 seats that would give them control of the U.S. House. Boebert was seen as a lock in the state's sprawling, conservative leaning 3rd Congressional District but she trailed on election night. Boebert only took a roughly 800-vote lead after two days of additional counting with thousands of ballots left to be tabulated. The margin gave her a 0.2 percentage point lead, well within the 0.5-point margin that triggers an automatic recount.
Colorado Democrats will look to cement their hold on the once purple state this Election Day. The top race has Sen. Michael Bennet seeking a third term against Republican Joe O'Dea for a seat that Republicans think they can flip. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is going for his second term against University of Colorado regent Heidi Ganahl. The state also gains an eighth seat in the U.S. House thanks to its growing population. And voters will be asked whether to legalize the therapeutic use of "magic mushrooms."