In Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, Republican political outsider Lauren Boebert won a stunning primary upset Tuesday against Trump-endorsed Congressman Scott Tipton.
With 87% of precincts reporting as of 10:45pm CT, the Associated Press called the race in favor of Boebert, who holds nearly a double-digit lead over Tipton.
Boebert, a Trump supporter and restaurant owner, campaigned on a platform notably to the right of Tipton, taking hard-line stances on immigration and the second amendment. In 2019, Boebert made headlines when she told former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, “Hell no, you’re not going to take our guns” in response to his controversial comments on assault rifles.
.@laurenboebert defeating @RepTipton in #CO03 makes him the 5th sitting US House representative to lose renomination in 2020. Tipton is also the 3rd GOP House candidate endorsed by @realDonaldTrump to lose in a primary election or convention this cycle https://t.co/KgNytZHIHq
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) July 1, 2020
Tipton conceded the loss to Boebert, saying in a congratulatory statement that he “wish[es] her and her supporters well.” President Donald Trump also responded with a tweet, saying, “Congratulations on a really great win!”
Boebert’s candidacy has not been without controversy.