Is Lauren Boebert on the ropes? With the election a year away, there’s good reason to believe that the Colorado Congresswoman’s campaign is in trouble.
Lauren Boebert in Trouble?
Rep. Lauren Boebert won the narrowest reelection campaign in the country in 2022, barely defeating Democrat Adam Frisch after a recount.
Boebert won by just 546 votes out of a total of 327,000.
In the year since, Boebert has not done much to alter her style while also drawing headlines for both her House floor confrontation with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and her escapades at a Denver theater.
Boebert, in addition to a primary challenge, has Frisch running against her again, and he has outraised her significantly so far with one of the best fundraising hauls of any candidate in the country.
Now, a new report shows that Boebert may be in some trouble in her district, with the next general election just one year away. The Republican primary, which is contested, is in June.
Per The Denver Post, “plenty of voters have had enough” of Boebert’s antics, whether it’s the “Beetlejuice” incident or her many controversial comments.
The newspaper, which visited various parts of the Congresswoman’s sprawling Congressional district, heard from some voters expressing such sentiments.
“She’s in it to make these outrageous comments,” one voter told the newspaper. “Even Republicans are getting tired of the shenanigans.”
The voter who said that was a Democrat, but one Republican voter agreed.
“She’s vitriolic, she’s sensationalistic, she draws attention to herself,” the self-described “ loyal Republican” said. “I think it’s gotten to her head.”
The respected election forecaster David Wasserman, of Cook Political Report, rates the race a toss-up.
“She’s a polarizer rather than a back-bencher. She’s going to raise a lot of money and she’s going to raise a lot of money for her opponent,” Wasserman told the newspaper. “Her fate rests with the voters who didn’t show up for the (2022) midterm but will show up in 2024.”
Republican voters interviewed by the newspaper seemed to appreciate Boebert’s unique style, as well as her advocacy for gun rights. But Democrats were clearly sick of the Congresswoman and would like to see her defeated.
“I don’t have a problem with her speaking her mind, I have a problem with the way she does it,” one Democratic voter told the newspaper.
The district is solidly Republican-leaning but consists of a large amount of land and many different types of communities. Colorado at large, however, has become more solidly Democratic-leaning in recent cycles. And Republican support of Boebert is less than unanimous. Several former Republican officials in the state, including former Gov. Bill Owens, have backed Jeff Hurd, a Republican lawyer who is challenging Boebert in the primary.
The outcome of the race is expected to be determined by the district’s many unaffiliated voters.
“CD3 leans solidly Republican, so the incredibly close 2022 results showed substantial fatigue among many in the district with the drama — and a willingness to consider a moderate Democrat in the name of pragmatic legislating,” Paul DeBell, an associate professor of political science at Fort Lewis College, told the Denver Post.
Last week, Boebert’s friend-turned-enemy Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene ripped her as “Vaping ******** Lauren Boebert,” in a social media post, referring to two things Boebert was caught on camera doing during the infamous “Beetlejuice” incident.
This was part of an ongoing fight over Greene’s doomed bid to push the censure of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), accusing her of antisemitism and of inspiring an “insurrection.”
“You voted to kick me out of the freedom caucus, but keep CNN wannabe Ken Buck and vaping groping Lauren Boebert and you voted with the Democrats to protect Terrorist Tlaib,” Greene said of Rep. Chip Roy earlier this week. “You hate Trump, certified Biden’s election, and could care less about J6 defendants being persecuted.”
The two Congresswomen had had a well-publicized fight on the floor of the House earlier this year.
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