In order to give the GOP another vote in the U.S. House, Democratic candidate Adam Frisch said on Friday that he has conceded the campaign for one of Colorado’s congressional seats to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert.
Boebert’s victory is by the slimmest of margins, though NBC hasn’t officially declared it. Over 500 votes, or 0.2 percentage points, separate her from Frisch as of Friday with 99% of the ballots cast.
In a tweet, Boebert acknowledged his concession and expressed excitement about getting past the election.
Prior to election day, Boebert, who booed President Joe Biden during the State of the Union address earlier this year, was in the lead in the majority of the scant public polls.
Boebert, a favourite of the MAGA movement led by former President Donald Trump, was one of 147 congressional Republicans who questioned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election following the brawl on Capitol Hill on January 6. She belongs to the orthodox Republican Study Committee.
In terms of fundraising during the third quarter, Frisch, a former Aspen City Council member, was ahead of Boebert. According to Federal Election Commission filings, Frisch raised more than $1 million and Boebert raised $936,000 in the three months that ended on September 30. Federal campaign finance reports show that in just one month, in October, Frisch raised more than $886,000 and Boebert more than $373,000. Records show that Frisch’s campaign had $743,000 on hand going into the final weeks of the midterms, compared to Boebert’s $613,000 on hand.
Controversy has surrounded Boebert’s time in Congress. Last year, Boebert was urged by the FEC to give an explanation for the apparent personal use of thousands of dollars in campaign cash.
Four Venmo payments totaling more than $6,000 were the subject of a letter from the FEC to the campaign treasurer for Boebert’s reelection in 2022.
According to FEC filings, the payments were made last year for what was mistakenly labelled as Lauren Boebert’s “personal cost” on the forms. Following that, the documents state that the “cost has been refunded.”
When asked what the payments were for, a Boebert spokesman informed CNBC that the personal expenses had already been reimbursed.