Lauren Boebert Switches Districts to Improve 2024 Reelection Bid

Lauren Boebert, the outspoken far-right Republican who currently represents the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado, is switching districts in an attempt to salvage her chance of reelection. Boebert announced on Facebook on Wednesday that she will be running in the 4th Congressional District in 2024.

The move, which she described as a “fresh start,” following a “difficult year” is “ the right move for me personally, and it’s the right decision for those who support our conservative movement.”

In September, while finalizing her divorce from her convicted sex offender husband, Boebert was kicked out of a Beetlejuice musical after she was caught vaping and *vigorously* groping a male companion on camera.

Her less-than-stellar performance at the House (here’s an example) and public lapses have caused her to struggle to raise funds in the 3rd District and lose major Republican supporters. 

GOP Rio Blanco County Commissioner Ty Gates, as well as former Colorado Governor Bill Owens and former US Senator Hank Brown have all endorsed 3rd District primary challenger Jeff Hurd. Rubbing salt in the wound, The Colorado Springs Gazette’s conservative editorial board has also chosen Hurd as their champion just this month.

Boebert running for the 3rd in 2024 might end up flipping the district. It almost did in 2022, when she won only by 546 votes against Democrat Adam Frisch. The district has not sent a Democrat to the House since 2008, and the new congressional district assignments created in 2021 were supposed to have made the 3rd more favorable to Republicans.

The 4th District, meanwhile, is far more Republican-leaning. According to the Colorado Sun, the 3rd District leans 9% conservative, while the 4th is at 27%. It’s currently represented by Congressman Ken Buck, who announced in November that he’s not seeking reelection in 2024. 

Buck criticized his party’s embrace of election conspiracies, saying that today’s Republican Party “is ignoring self-evident truths about the rule of law and limited government in exchange for self-serving lies.”

Boebert isn’t the only one who wants his seat. The list includes former state senators Ted Harvey and Jerry Sonnenberg; state representative Richard Holtorf; Navy veteran and business owner Trent Leisy; and radio host Deborah Flora. The Colorado Sun wrote that Colorado House Minority Leader Mike Lynch of Wellington is also expected to enter the race in the coming days.

“If you can’t win in your home,” Holtorf said of Boebert in a statement, “you can’t win here. She knew she’d lose in her own district and I’ll show her that’ll she’ll lose here too.”

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