Why Local GOP Leaders Are Backing THIS Candidate For New District Seat

By Maria Angelino | Monday, 10 June 2024 05:15 AM
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As reported by Newsweek, Colorado's Representative Lauren Boebert, a fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, is making a strategic move to secure a new district seat, a decision that has garnered the backing of local Republican leaders.

Boebert, who currently serves Colorado's 3rd District, announced last December her intention to run for the soon-to-be-vacant 4th District seat, currently held by Representative Ken Buck. This move comes as a calculated strategy, considering the 4th District is the most Republican in the state, boasting a R+13 rating according to the 2023 Cook Partisan Voting Index.

The representative's allegiance to Trump has earned her his endorsement, with the former president labeling her a "trusted America First fighter" in March. Despite her controversial reputation, including an incident in September 2023 where she was ejected from a Denver theater for disruptive behavior, Boebert is leading the pack of Republican candidates.

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A recent poll conducted by Kaplan Strategies indicates that Boebert is supported by 40 percent of likely primary voters, with a favorability rating of 47 percent. Furthermore, her character's positive rating has seen an increase to 41 percent. The poll, which surveyed 343 registered likely voters, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.

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With the district's primary slated for June 25, and ballots already reaching voters, local Republican leaders are optimistic about Boebert's chances. Douglas County Republican Party chair Steve Peck believes Boebert's name recognition will be a significant advantage. "I think it just boils down to—even though she's not an incumbent from this seat—it's incredibly strong" to have that status, Peck said.

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Peck also highlighted Boebert's connection to Trump, stating, "The base of the Republican Party has been demanding change for a long time, and we don't feel like we've been heard. People like Lauren Boebert and Donald Trump acknowledge the base. They hear the base. They don't say one thing and do the other."

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Denver-based GOP strategist and political analyst Kelly Maher echoed this sentiment, stating, "I don't see a path for anyone else," implying a likely victory for Boebert in the upcoming primary.

Even Douglas County Commissioner George Teal, who initially did not back Boebert, acknowledged her popularity among Republicans. "Four of every 10 Republicans I'm talking to love Lauren," he said, adding, "It's not a majority, but it's an absolute plurality. They want a fighter."

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While Boebert's controversial reputation may raise eyebrows, her strong connection to Trump and her popularity among the Republican base seem to be propelling her forward in the race for the 4th District seat. As ballots continue to reach voters, it will be interesting to see how these factors play out in the upcoming primary.

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