Rachel Sharp,Alex Woodward and Johanna Chisholm
Tue, 15 November 2022 at 9:39 pm
Republicans are just one seat away from control of the House of Representatives, with the balance of power potentially hinging on th eoutcome of Ms Boebert’s race among serveral others that have not yet been decided.
Ms Boebert’s race is still too close to call and it is unlikely that the outcome will be known until the end of the week – at the soonest. County clerks are waiting to process and tally ballots as overseas and military ballots postmarked by Election Day arrive, along with a deadline to fix mail-in ballots with errors.
The far-right Republican is currently leading Democratic challenger Adam Frisch by just 1,122 votes in what has shaped up to be an unexpectedly close race. The race could be headed for an automatic recount if neither candidate fails to win by a margin of more than 0.5 per cent.
Boebert v Frisch
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Adam Frisch attends orientation for new members of Congress as Colorado results are pending
21:01 , Alex Woodward
Behind by roughly 1,100 votes, Colorado congressional Democratic candidate Adam Frisch will attend new member orientation in Washington DC as voters await the outcome of his contest against GOP incumbent Lauren Boebert.
The campaigns are reaching out to voters to help “cure” or correct any issues with mail-in ballots, such as signiature issues, as a slim number of outstanding ballots could determine the outcome of the race.
Mr Frisch said in a statement to The Denver Post that he is joined at the Capitol with “a handful of other candidates across the country from both parties who are still in very close, undecided races.”
“This happens every cycle and the invite list and process is run by non-partisan House administration,” he added.
Ms Boebert also appears to be fundraising for a potential recount. Following an automatic recount, if either candidate fails to get within .05 per cent of a victory, campaigns can request a recount that they would have to pay for.
“I told you all year, the Left would do everything that they possibly could to get rid of me,” she said in a fundraising post on Twitter last week. “As this race comes down to every last vote, I need you to help us ensure we have the resources to finish what we started!”
Colorado voters elect state’s first Latina member of Congress
20:00 , Alex Woodward
Democrats just picked up an unexpected House seat in Colorado in a tight race that’s not the Boebert v Frisch contest.
Democratic candidate Yadira Caraveo is the projected winner in the race for Colorado’s 8th Congressional District, one of the newly drawn districts after the 2020 Census.
She will be the state’s first-ever Latina member of Congress. Her opponent Barbara Kirkmeyer conceded the race on Wednesday night.
Her victory brings Democrats up to 205 seats in the House. Republicans have 217 – one seat away from a majority.
Breaking: Kevin McCarthy wins GOP nomination for House Speaker
19:30 , Alex Woodward
Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy is on track to be the next speaker of the House if the GOP wins another seat to take control of the lower chamber.
The California congressman was elected the nominee by a vote among lawmakers of 188-31.
Far-right congressman Andy Biggs was challenging Mr McCarthy for the role, which is currently held by Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
As GOP prepares for taking control of the House, Jim Jordan wants to run the judiciary committee
18:45 , Alex Woodward
Republican US Rep Jim Jordan is courting a position on the House Judiciary Committee for when, or if, the GOP wins majority control of the chamber.
Congressional Republicans have signalled that they want to investigate the FBI and US Department of Justice, with a 1,000-page Republican staff report from judiciary committee members alleging “a rampant culture of unaccountability, manipulation, and abuse at the highest level.”
Boebert blames close race on lack of enthusiasm and low turnout
17:33 , Alex Woodward
Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert has suggested that the unexpectedly tight race in which she was predicted to cruise to re-election was due to lack of enthusiasm.
She is leading her opponent Adam Frisch by roughly 1,100 votes, or less than 1 percentage point.
“I don’t know if there wasn’t enough enthusiasm for our top ticket candidates for governor and Senate or what happened there,” the Republican told reporters last week, according to The Wall Street Journal, “but there was a lot of shifting in the votes.”
Colorado’s 3rd congressoional distrct spans the western part of the state across 26 counties. Its boundaries were redrawn last year during the once-a-decade redistricting process, but in a way that should be more favourable to the GOP.
It has not elected a Democrat to Congress since 2008. Ms Boebert won in 2020 by roughly 6 percentage points.
Roughly 323,000 votes have been counted in the race, which is more than 100,000 votes fewer than 2020.
She lost her home county by 6 points in 2020. This year, she is losing by 14 points.