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Lauren Boebert results live: Republican calls for delay to leadership votes as Colorado election too close to call

Frisch challenges Boebert in tight Colorado race

Lauren Boebert has joined calls for a delay to the Senate and House leadership votes as a number of races – including her own – remain too close to call.

On Sunday, the MAGA Republican retweeted posts calling for leadership elections to be postponed until all elections are called. Democrats have held onto control of the Senate while the House remains up for grabs, with 11 races not yet called.

One of those races is Ms Boebert’s fight against Democratic challenger Adam Frisch to hold onto her House seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

As of Monday morning, Ms Boebert is leading by 1,122 votes, with 99 per cent of votes reported.

The tight race has caused something of an upset for the Republican party and the Donald Trump ally, as she had been expected a comfortable reelection to the seat she won back in 2020.

The race could be headed for an automatic recount if the victorious party fails to win by a margin of more than 0.5 per cent.

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Boebert – who voted against bills supporting veterans – posts Veterans Day message

Lauren Boebert – who voted against several bills that would have supported US veterans – has posted a Veterans Day message telling the US service members they are “loved”, as she remains deadlocked in a race to hold onto her Senate seat.

The MAGA Republican shared a video on Twitter on Friday morning where she told veterans that she is “so proud to be an American and so grateful for the freedom we all enjoy because of you”.

“You are more loved than you will ever know,” she added as she spoke in front of an American flag.

Ms Boebert captioned the post: “We can never thank our Veterans enough. God bless you as we honor your service to our great country on Veterans Day!”

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp14 November 2022 12:40

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Meet the husband and wife duo who accidentally caused the midterms’ biggest upset

It was one of the biggest shocks of the 2022 midterms. When the so-called “red wave” receded and it became clear that Republicans wouldn’t sweep statehouses and seats in Congress, an unlikely political upset was playing out in western Colorado.

As election night unfolded, Rep Lauren Boebert, the Maga flamethrower who represents Colorado’s 3rd District, suddenly found herself in the fight of her political life.

If Ms Boebert ultimately goes down, Democrats may have a husband-and-wife political duo in Colorado to thank for flipping the seat blue.

Bri Buentello’s enthusiasm was apparent as she spoke to The Independent on Thursday about the razor-thin margin between Ms Boebert and her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch.

The former state legislator from Pueblo County, Colorado, described how labour unions and the work of local elected officials, including her husband, state Senator Nick Hinrichsen, contributed to the close race.

“That’s why Pueblo County stayed blue in what was expected to be a wave Republican year, and evern after big Republican money flooded into the district ostensibly trying to buy our votes,” she told The Independent.

The Independent’s Eric Garcia has the full story:

Rachel Sharp14 November 2022 12:17

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Who is Adam Frisch?

Democrat Adam Frisch and Republican Lauren Boebert are currently neck and neck in close race for a Senate seat.

Mr Frisch, 55, is a former currency trader who served eight years on Aspen City Council and a married father of two.

He was unaffiliated for decades before joining the Democratic Party in 1992 and has described himself as a non-traditional Democrat who, if elected, would seek to join the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.

He previously told The Independent that he decided to run against Ms Boebert for several reasons. He found some of her comments “disgusting and anti-ethical to America” and opposed her brand of “angertainment,” a phrase he often uses which Mr Frisch says he borrowed from a friend.

It refers to what “Representative Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene and a lot of other people are – and there’s some on the left, as well – that use this kind of just … yelling and screaming. I mean, a lot of time on Twitter, a lot of time on the cable news networks and not really focusing on the job at hand.”

Rachel Sharp14 November 2022 11:50

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Who is Lauren Boebert?

Lauren Boebert, 35, is the Republican incumbent occupying the US House seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

The congresswoman first made headlines not as a politician but as a restauranteur. Her establishment, called Shooters, grabbed the public’s attention thanks to its wait staff openly carrying firearms during their shifts. She also refused to stop offering in-door dining during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Boebert made national headlines again after she disrupted a campaign event held by then-Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who had run on tightening gun control measures to curb shooting violence in the country. She was armed when she crashed the event and defied Mr O’Rourke’s claim that he wanted to confiscate assault weapons.

Later that year she announced her candidacy, challenging then-incumbent Scott Tipton. Ms Boebert ran a campaign largely rooted in MAGA ideology and loyalty to former President Donald Trump, and has continued to promote nationalist ideals during her time in Congress.

During her campaign and congressional tenure, Ms Boebert has been criticised for saying she “hopes [QAnon] is true,” closeness with the Proud Boys right-wing gang, and claiming she is “with the militias.” She faced further scrutiny after aligning herself with the Capitol rioters on January 6 and tweeting “today is 1776” while Trump loyalists attacked the building and Capitol police.

Ms Boebert is married to her husband, Jayson, and they have four sons together.

Rachel Sharp14 November 2022 11:30

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Is Colorado headed for a recount?

In Colorado, an automatic recount is triggered if a candidate wins by a margin of 0.5 per cent or less of the leading candidate’s total votes.

This means that, to avoid a recount, either Lauren Boebert or Adam Frisch would need to lead by around 788 votes.

If a recount is triggered, it must be completed within 35 days of election day.

Rachel Sharp14 November 2022 11:10

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Where the race now stands:

As of Monday morning, Lauren Boebert is currently leading the race for the US House seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District by 1,122 votes.

Ms Boebert currently has 50.2 per cent of votes compared to Democrat Adam Frisch’s 49.8 per cent of votes, with 99 per cent of votes reported.

The race remains too close to call and it could head to an automatic recount – if one of the candidate’s doesn’t secure a win of 0.5 per cent.

Rachel Sharp14 November 2022 10:50

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Boebert calls for delay to leadership races

Lauren Boebert is calling for a delay to the Senate and House leadership votes as a number of races – including her own – remain too close to call.

A number of Republicans have called for the leadership elections to be postponed until all races are called.

Following wins in Nevada and Arizona over the weekend, Democrats have held onto control of the Senate while the House still remains up for grabs, with 11 races not yet called.

On Sunday, the MAGA Republican retweeted posts calling for a delay to the votes.

“The way people in Washington try to move quickly with Leadership elections is the same way they try to move quickly with Omnibus appropriations. Too many races haven’t been called; majorities haven’t even been won. The American People deserve a delay in leadership elections,” wrote conservative figure Scott Parkinson, in a post retweeted by Ms Boebert.

Rachel Sharp14 November 2022 10:27

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Voices: Here’s why the polls were wrong about the midterms

From large numbers of independent voters to suburban women to younger voters turning up in better-than-expected numbers, the Democrats had some unexpected advantages. And even where Republicans are winning, it may be more due to redistricting than the popularity of their own candidates.

Polls got it wrong about the midterm election results. Here’s why

From large numbers of independent voters to suburban women to younger voters turning up in better-than-expected numbers, the Democrats had some unexpected advantages. And even where Republicans are winning, it may be more due to redistricting than the popularity of their own candidates

Bevan Hurley14 November 2022 10:00

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Voices: Abortion wasn’t supposed to matter in the midterms but it gave Republicans a rude awakening

Clémence Michallon writes:

Exit polls show that voters cared a lot more about abortion than expected: it was the second most important issue they kept in mind, according to NBC News’s polling, right behind inflation and far ahead of crime, gun policy, and immigration.

And in states where abortion was explicitly on the ballot, people voted to support access to the procedure.

Bevan Hurley14 November 2022 09:00

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Murdoch turns on Trump with scathing New York Post cover

The New York Post, a Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper that’s long voiced its support for Donald Trump, shared a scathing cover of the former president that showed those loyalties may be eroding.

Johanna Chisholm reports on the shifting allegiances in right-wing media.

Bevan Hurley14 November 2022 07:00

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