Lauren Boebert’s Chances of Returning to Congress Look Bleak

It is looking like 2024 may be Lauren Boebert’s final year as a Congresswoman.

Boebert, a conservative firebrand who was first elected in 2020 to Colorado’s Third Congressional District, last month announced she would be switching seats following the retirement of Rep. Ken Buck from the state’s Fourth Congressional District.


However, Colorado Politics reported that during a debate in Fort Lupton last week, Boebert finished an embarrassing fifth in a straw poll among likely Republican voters.

The outlet reported:

The headline-grabbing incumbent’s performance in the decidedly non-scientific survey — Boebert landed in fifth place with just over 10% of the vote, behind three veteran state lawmakers and a former talk radio host who ran last cycle for the U.S. Senate — surprised some in the room but drew shrugs from others, who pointed out that the hall was filled with local Republicans loyal to other candidates who shared the debate stage.

The fifth-placed finish put her behind a range of other lesser-known candidates, including Logan County Commissioner Jerry Sonnenberg, former Colorado House Minority Leader Mike Lynch, Douglas County filmmaker Deborah Flora, and state House Minority Whip Richard Holtorf.

Her decision to switch districts followed an incredibly tight 2022 election cycle in which Boebert defeated her Democratic opponent, Adam Frisch, by 546 votes after the race was subjected to an automatic recount.


Throughout the debate, Boebert defended her decision to switch districts after other candidates accused her of carpetbagging: 

There are many folks that cannot vote for me, and I vote for them each and every day. The crops may be different in Colorado’s 4th District, but the values are not, and I’m a proven fighter for the values that you all believe in — that you want to secure your rights, your children’s future. 

So yes, I have moved into the 4th District. My boys and I needed a fresh start. That’s been very public of what the home life looked like, and I’m sorry to bring that up. I’ve tried to put it into a very pretty package and bring my ex-husband lots of honor. But since there is nothing private about my personal life. It is out there, and my boys need some freedom from what has been going on. And this move is the right move for me and for them.

Another challenge facing Boebert is the various controversies she has encountered over the past year. Last September, she was kicked out of a performance of “Beetlejuice” over claims that she and another man were causing a “disturbance” in the theater.


Publicly released surveillance footage later appeared to show Boebert having her breasts fondled by the man, for which she later apologized. “The past few days have been difficult and humbling, and I’m truly sorry for the unwanted attention my Sunday evening in Denver has brought to the community,” Boebert said at the time.

She also explained that her “public and difficult divorce” from her husband had created a “challenging personal time” for herself and her family. “I’ve tried to handle it with strength and grace as best I can, but I simply fell short of my values on Sunday,” she added.

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