Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has been waiting for the final results of her tight race against Democrat challenger Adam Frisch — but she will now have to wait even longer than expected to find out, as a mandatory recount has been triggered by state law which will likely extend the process into December.
The Republican firebrand, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and has been a major target of the left, leads in the race by just 551 votes in the latest tally released on Thursday. Boebert’s race is just one of six remaining races that are just too close to call, according to Newsmax’s elections analysis.
Boebert currently leads by just 0.16%, with 163,733 votes compared to Frisch’s 163,182 votes.
The Colorado Sun reports that just 200 ballots were left to count before Friday’s deadline to release the final tally.
An automatic recount is triggered by law in Colorado, and only 37 days after the November 8 Election Day are given for the final recount to be completed and for a final winner to be declared. The exact deadline, 37 days after the midterms, would be December 13.
Colorado law states: “A recount of any election contest shall be held if the difference between the highest number of votes cast in that election contest and the next highest number of votes cast in that election contest is less than or equal to one-half of one percent of the highest vote cast in that election contest.”
“A recount shall occur only after the canvass board certifies the original vote count,” the law continues.
Republicans currently hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives, with 219 GOP lawmakers compared to the Democrats’ 209. The GOP has been projected to win two additional seats according to some analysis — including the potential reelection of Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after he left the White House in 2021.
“Waiting this long for election results is going to make firing Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House that much sweeter,” Boebert tweeted on Monday.
Waiting this long for election results is going to make firing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House that much sweeter.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 15, 2022
With no mention of the automatic recount, Boebert shared a video to her Twitter announcing that she had won her reelection following the last tally showing that she was leading by just over 500 votes.
“We won! I am so thankful for all of your support and I am so proud to be your Representative!” she wrote.
I am so thankful for all of your support and I am so proud to be your Representative! pic.twitter.com/4gnmflotiU
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 18, 2022