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Lauren Boebert wins Colorado primary while other incumbents take on the fight

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, one of the most polarizing members of Congress, easily dismissed a challenge from a more mainstream Republican to clinch her primary Tuesday.

Boebert, a first-time firefighter, saw her GOP-leaning 3rd Congressional district in western Colorado become even more Republican after she renamed districts. She had little trouble with Don Coram, a moderate state representative, a farmer and hemp farmer, defeating the extremism of what he calls Boebert.

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Coram argued that the incumbent’s loyalty to Trump meant neglecting her vast territory’s crucial agricultural issues while seeking social and conservative media fame. Boebert spoke out against the “Biden regime” and “socialist” Democrats. She also trumpeted about her gun-toting Second Amendment credentials and opposition to COVID-19 restrictions that briefly closed her “Shooters” restaurant.

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Boebert criticized Coram for collaborating with legislative Democrats. Her opponent bet that voters alienated by Boebert’s provocations would choose someone more in the tradition of centrists who played well in the area, including the Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, who stood for five terms, who lost in an upset last cycle against Boebert. It did not resonate.

Also Tuesday, in Colorado’s deeply conservative El Paso County, the eight-term Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn facing a challenge from the right of state Rep. Dave Williams for his 5th Congress District seat. Williams failed to get the phrase “Let’s go Brandon”, code for an obsession with Biden, added to his name on the ballot.

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Lamborn, who is facing an ongoing House Ethics investigation into whether he abused official resources for personal purposes, has survived primary challenges in the past as an ardent opponent of abortion and a supporter of the significant U.S. military presence. in Colorado Springs. Earlier this year, Williams led a 24-hour filibuster in the State House on a bill that would allow unrestricted access to abortion. The bill eventually became law.

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