The Democrat who raised the most money to oust Republican US Rep. Lauren Boebert in 2022 has dropped out of the race.
State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Democrat from Vail, is ending her campaign because it is now clear that none of the residences she claims—her main home in Vail and her family farm in Edwards—are Colorado’s third. Not in the Congressional District.
The state Supreme Court on Monday approved a new congressional map drawn up by an independent redistribution commission, placing both Donovan residences in the second congressional district, represented by Democrat Joe Negues.
Donovan emailed supporters, “This campaign was about standing up to hateful and divisive leadership and making sure that the West, which has huge problems to solve, is represented by someone who works for us.” Will fight, not the title.”
“There is no viable way forward for me,” he wrote in the new Congress map.
Donovan raised about $735,000 last quarter, most of which it spent. No other Democrat had picked up even a third of him in the third district race. Other contenders include La Jara’s State Representative Donald Valdez and Pueblo’s Sol Sandoval.
Boebert entered 2020 with an even greater partisan advantage in 2022 than in the third district. Recent election results suggest a nearly nine-point Republican leaning in that district under the newly approved map.
In fact, all of Colorado’s current U.S. Representatives enter 2022 with partisan gains. The new 8th Congressional District projects will be the most competitive ever.