Rep. Boebert Wins GOP Primary in New District in Colorado

The Republican switched districts to a neighboring seat held by outgoing Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.).

The first phase of Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) district switch has paid off for her.

Ms. Boebert has won the June 25 Republican primary in Colorado’s Fourth District, in the eastern half of the state. She currently represents the Third District, on the Western Slope.

As of 8:22 p.m. Central, Ms. Boebert had 44.3 percent of the vote with 60 percent of votes counted. The race was called at that time.

Ms. Boebert was competing against parental rights activist Deborah Flora, former Colorado State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, mortgage broker Peter Yu, and State Reps. Richard Holtorf and Mike Lynch on the GOP ballot. Ms. Flora, her nearest competitor, had just 15.3 percent of the vote at 8:22.

Ms. Boebert led the field in late May polling from Kaplan Strategies ahead of the primary.

She also raised and spent the most in the primary, with more than $3.7 million in receipts and more than $3.8 million in disbursements.

But the district switch allowed the polarizing House Freedom Caucus favorite to avoid a rematch down the line with a Democrat who has outraised her, Adam Frisch.

The former Aspen councilman, who narrowly lost to Ms. Boebert in 2022, raised more than $13.1 million. He faced no Democrat competition in the Third District.

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Ms. Boebert, calling her a “proven conservative and effective leader.”

Earlier in the day on June 25, Ms. Boebert asked Coloradoans for their vote on X, formerly Twitter, pledging she would stand up for “our farmers and ranchers.”The Fourth District Democratic primary has proved to be much tighter.

The field included retired Marine officer Isaac “Ike” McCorkle, addiction recovery activist John Padora, Jr., and Trisha Calvarese, who once led speechwriting and publications for the AFL-CIO union.

As of 9:26 p.m. Central, Ms. Calvarese led Mr. McCorkle by a little more than 5 points with 82 percent of the vote counted.

Ms. Boebert and the Democratic winner will now go on to the general election in November.

The victor in that contest will replace Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) in the next Congress.

Mr. Buck stepped down earlier this year, before his term was done.

June 25 also saw a special election to select a lawmaker to complete the remainder of Mr. Buck’s term.

Republican Greg Lopez won that contest as of 8:32 p.m. according to the Associated Press, defeating Ms. Calvarese and minor party candidates.

The Democrat claimed just 35.8 percent of the vote to 57 percent for Mr. Lopez as of 8:37 p.m.

Mr. Buck has emerged as a critic of former President Trump and the Republican Party under his influence.

During a recent appearance on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” he told the host that the former president is “not a conservative.”

“Exactly,” the liberal comedian responded.

Before he left office, Mr. Buck joined other GOP lawmakers in opposing the impeachemnt of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. He was also ousted from the House Freedom Caucus.


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