Colorado’s Boebert clinches House reelection for Republicans as Frisch concedes in tight race
Democratic candidate Jennifer Boebert held narrow leads over her Republican challenger after the release of late-breaking election results on Wednesday night, and won with nearly 57 percent of ballots counted.
A week earlier she was clinging to an ever-narrowing lead, with just over 40 percent of precincts reporting. But as the race tightened, Republican candidate Ron Tinglum conceded on election night.
“I’m sorry to everyone in Ledyard,” he said. “I mean, for me just to be here doesn’t really do anything for the community.”
Tinglum was leading by 13,000 votes at its peak, when he held a lead of over 14,400 over his opponent.
In a narrow Republican victory — a result that would have spelled an upset had the Democrat been forced into a runoff — Democrat Jennifer Boebert held steady with less than 10 percent of votes counted, holding on to a comfortable lead over her Republican opponent.
With the vote totals finalized by the Colorado Secretary of State, this meant Republican state Sen. and former Ledyard Mayor Ron Tinglum, who had spent more than $7,000 campaigning and raising money for the fall election, lost his reelection bid to Democratic challenger Jennifer Boebert.
Boebert, a state representative from Centennial, had held a narrow advantage of about 6,800 votes over Republican challenger Tinglum, a former Ledyard councilman.
She won her seat at the November 6 contest, the first time Republican candidates have prevailed in the seat in more than 40 years.
Boebert easily carried the three precincts where Tinglum drew a lead, though they had been held by Democrats at the time of the 2010 election.
There will be an unofficial recount in those precincts, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Tinglum had been favored to win and had raised more than $700,000 for the election, more than $400,000 more than his opponent. But after the race grew more competitive on election night, Tinglum conceded.
Tinglum’s concession came just over 20 minutes after the vote was tallied, nearly a half hour after the polls closed, and just before midnight, when the race was declared