Colorado’s third Congressional district was ordered to recount the votes after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) was projected to beat her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch.
Following an election that came down to the wire in a closely watched race, Frisch conceded to Boebert on November 18, more than a week after Election Day.
His concession to Boebert — seeking her second term in the House of Representatives —came as nearly all the votes were counted, and Boebert still led Frisch by 550 votes.
Those votes are a fraction of the roughly 327,000 votes counted on Election Day.
Colorado’s state law requires a recount commence if the top candidate leads the 1st runner-up by 0.5 percent or less — Boebert only led Frisch by 0.2 percent.
Announcing the decision to conduct a recount in Colorado’s third district, Jena Griswold (D), Colorado’s Secretary of State, revealed she would be “ordering a mandatory recount” in a tweet published Wednesday (November 30) evening.
Griswold noted that counties within Colorado’s third district — with a population of just under one million — had been “notified” to prepare for the recount, which would be required to be complete by December 13, 2022, as required by state law.
Frisch showed support for the mandatory recount but reiterated a previously expressed belief that the recount wouldn’t result in any significant change that would allow him to beat Boebert.
On November 18, following Frisch’s concession, Boebert celebrated with her supporters, explaining that in the new Congress, Colorado’s third district voters could be certain of two things: her being sworn in as the district’s Representative and Republicans turning “Pelosi’s house back into the People’s House.”