WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Rep. Laurentian Boebert’s control of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District did not appear to be in question at the head of the next midterm elections. In the end, however, the lawmaker who built a national reputation as an aggressive member of the “Make America Great Again” movement won re-election by just 564 votes.
“This seems like a sure thing for the Republican candidate, given the district,” said Don Coram, a former state senator who lost to Boebert in the Republican primary last June.
Boebert’s narrow victory is emblematic of the difficulties Republicans faced in 2022 and could face again in 2022. Although former President Donald Trump holds sway in much of the GOP base, there is still a significant minority of Republican voters who do not consider themselves members of MAGA. , referencing their beginnings to the “Make America Great Again” movement.
Most of them, as loyal Republicans, approved of the party’s 2022 candidates, according to Associated Press VoteCast. However, a broad national survey shows that these Republicans constitute the majority of those who do not support a candidate in the national House. Some of them have shown opposition to Trump for a second term, supporting Democrat Joe Biden for the presidency in 2020 and Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives in 2022.
In a political climate where competitive elections take on a national dimension and are decided by narrow margins, no party can take voters for granted.
Democrat Adam Frisch said he knew he had a “pretty unique” opening for a conservative Democrat to connect more with Colorado voters who didn’t want Boebert’s aggressive political style.
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“I’ve spent a good part of my life trying to convince people that it’s safe enough not only to leave a ballot box, but to vote non-public for the first time or for the first time in a long time.” he said. Frisch, who has already announced that he will run again in 2024.
The results suggest that Democrats should also be wary of messages against “MAGA Republicans,” whom Biden repeatedly criticized before the November election and is targeting again in the campaign. Most of those who do not recognize the movement do not seem to convince him. voters who do this may return to the Republican candidate who represents their traditional conservative values.
Republican strategist Alex Conant suggests that Republican candidates will not be able to count on these votes as long as Trump is involved in politics. But maybe 2024 is different.
“There is no reason the 2024 Republican nominee could not build a coalition that includes Trump’s base and moderate and independent Republicans,” he said.