Republican Representative Lauren Boebert now leads her Democratic opponent Adam Frisch by more than 1,000 votes in her Colorado re-election race.
The Republican meerkat slid to victory over the former member of the Aspen City Council after assuring reporters Thursday that she was confident she would win.
By mid-morning Friday, more than 95 percent of the vote had been counted in her western Colorado district.
She had 50.2 percent of the vote against Frisch 49.8.
The race has yet to be called off.
On Twitter Friday afternoon, Boebert sent a link to supporters to raise money in case a recount is due.
“I told you all year that the left would do anything to get rid of me. Since this race comes down to every last vote, I need you to help us make sure we have the resources to finish what we started!’ she wrote.
Boebert’s razor-sharp race surprised election observers.
It is one of the most outspoken examples of Democrats exceeding expectations across the country as the Republicans’ promised “red wave” fell.
But she told reporters she’ll win “of course” — ignoring a question from DailyMail.com about whether she’s backing Donald Trump in making a “big announcement” on Nov. 15, despite a subpar GOP performance in her race. and others.
Boebert also denied being caught off guard by the close race, suggesting instead that disappointing Republican candidates further down the ticket in Colorado dragged her down.
The close race didn’t stop her from returning to Washington, DC, two days after Election Day, to participate in Hosue Freedomc Caucus’s hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked by reporters whether she will support House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House Speaker in the event Republicans win the majority in the chamber, Boebert quickly turned the conversation to her own race.
DailyMail.com saw Republican Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert back in Washington, DC on Thursday, despite being locked in a tight reelection battle
Republicans need 218 members for majority interest. Mid-morning Friday, they were seven races away from taking the gavel away from Nancy Pelosi
Democrat Adam Frisch, a former member of Aspen City Council, scares conservative instigator Lauren Boebert
Representative Lauren Boebert attended a hearing on responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic held by the House Freedom Caucus
“Is this what you’re all focused on? Do you know that I – do you know I’m 794 votes ahead of my race right now?’ Boebert told a bunch of reporters while leaving an event on Thursday. “That’s kind of my focus at the moment.”
About her chances, Boebert said: ‘Of course I expect to win. It will be great.’
Walking with her husband by her side, the Colorado Republican claimed she wasn’t surprised by how close her race is — despite the Red District being won by Trump in 2020.
‘I expected [Colorado Governor Jared Polis] and [Democratic Senator Michael Bennet] to wear some of it. Yes,’ she said, contemplating the narrow margins.
“I don’t know if there wasn’t enough enthusiasm for our top candidates for governor and senate, or what happened there, but there was a lot of shift in the votes there.”
At one point, Bennet was considered one of the top Republicans, but polls over the past few months have always shown incumbent Republican trumping Joe O’Dea.
O’Dea distinguished himself from the vast majority of Republican candidates by actively opposing Trump and even promising to campaign against him in the 2024 election cycle.
The former president was celebrating on his Truth Social app when O’Dea lost, despite being one of the determining factors in Democrats’ very real chance of retaining control of the Senate.
Boebert replied ‘I am my support’ when asked if she thought the national party had given her enough support in the race.
In just two years, the congresswoman and restaurant owner of Shooter’s Grill has made a national name for himself by making bombastic and often controversial statements, including that members of Congress should be able to carry firearms to the United States Capitol.
As it stands, Republicans have 211 seats in the House in the new Congress and Democrats 192.
While some Democrats have expressed hope for their chances of holding the chamber, the chances are slim.
Democrats can keep their Senate majority if Arizona Senator Mark Kelly retains his seat — and they either keep Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s seat or win the December runoff election in Georgia between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel walker.
Arizona Democratic Senator Mark Kelly leads his Republican rival, while Nevada Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is behind Republican Adam Laxalt in her race