Democrat Adam Frisch called U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) today to concede, with just over 500 votes separating the two candidates and a recount likely.
“We have shown the country that extremist politicians can be defeated. Loud voices are not invincible, shouting will not solve problems. We do not have to let hate win, but we can come together and talk about issues that are important to our individual lives and our communities,” said Frisch during a news conference today (watch here on the Frisch campaign website).
“It has been the honor of a lifetime to spend the last several months traveling this district and meeting with the people of Western and Southern Colorado,” Frisch said. “While an automatic recount is on the horizon, we don’t expect the outcome to change. Historically, recounts in the state don’t change the results by more than a dozen votes because Colorado is the gold standard when it comes to elections. I called Congresswoman Boebert to concede this race because it is vital to our Democracy to trust and accept the results of our elections.
“It would be disingenuous and unethical for us, or any other group, to continue to raise false hope and to encourage fundraising for a recount,” Frisch said. “Colorado’s elections are safe, accurate, and secure. Please, save your money for your groceries, your rent, your children, and for other important causes and organizations.
“With the closeness of this race, we have defied incredible odds and delivered a moral victory for the people of CO-3, many of whom crossed party lines to reject extremism with their vote,” Frisch added. “This is a testament to the bipartisan coalition we have built throughout this campaign, and I’m confident that coalition will continue to grow into the future.”
“We told the country that the urban and rural divide plaguing the Democratic party over the past decades does not have to continue,” Frisch said. “Denver and D.C. politicians need to demonstrate an understanding of the issues that face rural America and celebrate, not disrespect, the rural folks across the country.”
READ the Colorado Times Recorder’s coverage of the race here.