“Republicans in the 3rd district have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November,” said representative Scott Tipton on Tuesday evening. “I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters good wishes.”
Tipton was believed to be the first place in the race before Tuesday evening.
“Congressman @ScottRTipton is a big supporter of the #MAGA Agenda! He fights for your rights # 2A and the Boundary Wall,” tweeted the President Monday. “Scott is working hard for Colorado and has my full and total support! # CO03.”
Boebert’s website states that “he believes in personal freedom, citizens’ rights and respect for the United States Constitution.”
“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend to help win,” says Boebert in a statement on his website. “I am running for Congress to defend our conservative values, respond to the failed promises of our current representatives and put far-left Democrats back in place.”
Her victory on Tuesday night was met with instant criticism from Democrats who stressed the comments she expressed in which she seemed to sympathize with QAnon, a pro-Trump deep state conspiracy theory.
During an interview on the online show “Steel Truth” in May, Boebert said he was “very familiar” with the conspiracy.
QAnon, he said, “is just motivating and encouraging and bringing people together, stronger, and if this is real, it could be really fantastic for our country.”
It has been described as a “counter-narrative” to the real reality of Trump’s presidency.
Cheri Bustos, chairman of the congressional campaign’s Democratic Committee, said Tuesday evening “that Washington Republicans should immediately deny Lauren Boebert and her extremist and dangerous conspiracy theories.”
Bustos added that “Democrats are well positioned to compete and win this place.”
Boebert’s victory also marks the latest instance of a Trump-backed candidate who loses his primary GOP.
Earlier this month Madison Cawthorn, a 20-year-old political newcomer, defeated Trump’s candidate Lynda Bennett in the North Carolina GOP Congress primaries for the vacancy left by the President’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. .
This story was updated with further developments on Wednesday.