Democrat Adam Frisch conceded Friday to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R) in the race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, saying an expected recount likely wouldn’t change the outcome of the election.
In a video call with reporters, Frisch said he had called Boebert to offer his admission. He said that while the race appeared headed for a mandatory recount, “the likelihood of this recount changing by more than a handful of votes is very small.”
“We are not asking for this recount. It is one that the citizens of Colorado mandate through our election system,” he said, telling supporters not to donate to his campaign for the recount effort.
“Please save your money for your groceries, your rent, your kids,” he said.
In his remarks, Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman, said he was proud of the campaign he had run in a district that former President Trump carried just two years ago. But he also criticized his own party for eroding “the confidence of rural Americans.”
“Democrats have been abandoning rural America and working-class America for the last several years,” he said. “Republicans have had a monopoly on the backbone of this country.”
The race for Colorado’s 3rd District appeared headed for a recount late Thursday and early Friday, with the latest votes showing Boebert leading Frisch by just 0.16 percentage points, or 551 votes.
Under state law, an automatic recount is triggered if the margin in a race is half a percentage point or less of the top-vote total. Once the recount begins, it can delay the final result of the race for days or perhaps even weeks.
While this recount still appears to be happening, Frisch’s concession effectively ends the race, setting Boebert up for a second term in the House.
Republicans captured the House majority this week, winning the 218 seats needed to take control of the lower chamber. Still, the GOP is poised to have a much smaller majority than Republicans had hoped for after Democrats outperformed in a number of key races.