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Congresswoman Boebert officially wins second term following Secretary of State's recount

Challenger Frisch conceded even as a narrow result triggered a recount
Lauren Boebert
Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-12 20:24:40-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is heading back to Washington DC for a second term. Her margin of victory was fewer than 600 votes, small enough to trigger a recount under state law.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold ordered the mandatory recount under State statutes requiring a recount if an election result falls within a .5 percent difference.

“The mandatory recount for U.S. Congressional District 3 and permissive recount of House District 43 are complete and have confirmed the results of the races. Colorado’s elections are safe, secure, and accurate,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “I commend the election workers from across the state and my office for conducting these recounts and for their continued work to make Colorado the best place to cast a ballot.”

Democratic challenger Adam Frisch conceded the race Friday following election night. The candidates each posted videos on social media in the last 24 hours, with Boebert claiming victory on Thursday night. Frisch gave his concession Friday morning.

Both candidates told supporters that a recount is unlikely to change the result.

"Past recounts in Colorado have resulted in far fewer being adjusted than anything that could affect the current outcome we're seeing tonight in this race," Boebert said in a video posted to her Twitter account.

"The likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small, very very small," Frisch said in a live video event posted to Facebook and later shared on YouTube.

Frisch made clear that while he supports a recount, his campaign didn't request it and he will not raise money from supporters because of it.

"It'd be disingenuous and unethical for us or any other group, any other group to continue to raise false hope and encourage fundraising for a recount," Frisch said.

"Colorado elections are safe accurate and secure. Please save your money for your groceries, your rent, your children, and for other important causes and organizations."

Boebert said she looks forward with a Republican majority to addressing inflation, domestic energy production, border security and, "being a strong check on the White House."

"Thank you to every volunteer that made calls, knocked doors, and of course, to each of you that have entrusted me with your vote. I am honored to be your representative. I pray for you, and I am so grateful for you. God bless you tonight."

All counties that participated in the State's mandatory re-count will be reimbursed the costs of the recount across the state.

An election calendar posted on the Colorado Secretary of State's web page indicates that a statutory recount in any race must be complete by December 13, 2022.

Members of the 118th Congress will be sworn in on January 3, 2023.