Lauren Bobert wins a crowded House GOP primary in a new Colorado district

Republican Rep. Lauren Bobert has won the primary in her new Colorado district.

Lauren Bobert delivers a victory speech after winning the GOP primary

The controversial congresswoman defeated five GOP challengers in a competitive primary in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District and will be favored to win the seat in the November general election. She faces Trisha Calvares. Democratic primary winner.

Bobert won Tuesday night with more than 43% of the vote. He got 52,006 votes with 94% of votes counted.

Bobert wore a Make America Great Again hat signed by Donald Trump at his victory ceremony in northern Colorado. Trump-branded sneakers. He called for a unified GOP and building bridges with other Republicans.

“We need to get involved at the local level and start taking back our state,” he said. “And we need to be aware and never be lulled by the enemy. Don’t let anyone tell you that your voice doesn’t matter and that your vote doesn’t count. Because it absolutely does.”

Rep. Lauren Bobert speaks to reporters in Windsor after her primary victory

Boebert currently represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, but decided to run in the more conservative 4th District after fellow Republican Rep. Ken Buck resigned earlier this year.

CD4 covers the eastern part of the state and includes Loveland and Windsor in northern Colorado and Douglas County in the southern part of the Denver metro area. Nearly half of the district’s voters are in Douglas County, where CBS News Colorado politics expert Shawn Boyd says Republicans are “less MAGA and more mainstream.”

Former President Trump won Douglas County by just seven percentage points in 2020, despite twice as many Republicans as Democrats in the county. Overall, Trump lost Colorado by 13 percentage points in 2020.

Rep. Lauren Bobert prays at an election watch party at the Greenhouse in Winsor, Colorado.

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Bobert gave up his seat after a near defeat in CD3 Democrat Adam Frisch In 2022. When he announced he was running for a different district in January, he said the move comes after “a very difficult year for me and my family.” That includes passing A major divorce.

During his campaign, Boebert touted his endorsement of Trump, which CBS Colorado Democratic political analyst Mike Dino says helped him greatly.

“President Trump’s endorsement cannot be understated,” Dino said. “It helped her a lot early on, because it was a big risk for her to leave the 3rd Congressional District and cross the Continental Divide in her comfort — or at least the appearance of comfort — in the 3rd Congressional District.

Bobert spoke at length about immigration issues during the campaign. when CBS Colorado debate last monthHe called for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, saying they were huge institutions and services in America.

“Build the wall, deport everyone,” he repeated in a line throughout his campaign.

CBS Colorado Republican political analyst Dick Wadhams said Bobert’s significant fundraising gave him a big boost over his opponents.

“Congresswoman Lauren Bobert had two distinct advantages in this campaign: her money in the bank and her name recognition as an incumbent congresswoman,” Wadhams said. “None of her five opponents had anything close to one of them. So that big, wide field helped her a lot.”

Dillon Thomas, your reporter for Northern Colorado, gets comments with other reporters after Rep. Lauren Bobert’s victory speech in Windsor Tuesday night.

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Bobert reminded his supporters Tuesday night that “it’s not over” and urged them to get involved in the presidential campaign.

“We need President Trump now more than ever in the race and the fight for the White House on Nov. 5,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do, don’t slow down, don’t give up.”

when CBS Colorado’s debate last month, many of Boebert’s opponents spoke of their farming and ranching backgrounds, and in doing so implicitly highlighted Boebert’s new status for the district. Conservative radio talk show host Deborah Flora was the only candidate to attack Bobert for his action, criticizing him for “abandoning his neighbor in CD3”.

Flora described the controversial congresswoman as more concerned with being in the national spotlight than representing Coloradans.

“We saw how Lauren Bobert would represent us,” Flora said. “Missing key votes while chasing cameras instead of giving people real solutions and DC being at the center of the drama.”

As of 10:30 p.m Flora was a prime third with approximately 13.8% of the vote.

“Lauren Bobert won tonight and it worked in this race,” Flora said after the race was called.

Jerry Sonnenberg was second with approximately 14.3%. Mike Lynch and Richard Holdorf each got 11% and Peter Yu got 7%.

“The bottom line is, [Boebert] “Not getting more than 50%, I think that’s significant to consider,” Dino said.

Republican Greg Lopez won Tuesday night Special Election on CD4 and will serve the remainder of the term of the p. Calvaries defeated Ike McCorkle and John Patora in the Democratic primary race in CD4.

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