Battle for US House seat in rural Colorado too early to call

Battle for US House seat in rural Colorado too early to call

DENVER (AP) — A hard-fought Colorado U.S. House race pitting first-time candidate and outspoken Republican Lauren Boebert against Democrat and former state lawmaker Diane Mitsch Bush was too early to call Tuesday night, with many votes still uncounted. The winner will replace five-term Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, who was upset in a June primary by Boebert, a gun rights activist who attracted national attention as the owner of an open carry restaurant and her ardent support of President Donald Trump. Both seek to become the first woman to represent the 3rd Congressional District, a swath of western and southern Colorado that includes the old steel city of Pueblo and the Republican stronghold of Grand Junction’s Mesa County. Its economy is built on oil and gas production, mining, ranching and tourism. Boebert declared victory late Tuesday in a Facebook statement from her Shooters Grill restaurant in Rifle. Mitsch Bush later issued a statement conceding the race. The bitter campaign topped the list of Colorado’s U.S. House races, thanks in part to Trump’s rapid embrace of Boebert, who traveled thousands of miles to personally rally voters. A Glock strapped to the hip, she defended gun rights and blasted what she calls a Democrat plan to strip away Americans’ freedoms under the guise of controlling the coronavirus and expanding health care. In her second run for the seat, Mitsch Bush stressed a bipartisan record in the statehouse and as a former commissioner in Steamboat Springs’ Routt County. She defended the Affordable Care […]

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