Lauren Boebert’s Democratic challenger conceded after she declared victory, even as the unexpectedly tight race has not been called and likely heads to an automatic recount

This combo image shows Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District Adam Frisch, left, and U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., right.Associated Press, File

  • Adam Frisch conceded to Rep. Lauren Boebert on Friday, despite the race not being called.

  • Frisch told a Facebook live audience he believed there was little chance he could win the seat.

  • Boebert also declared victory, saying that she was “certain” she would win even with a recount.

Democratic candidate Adam Frisch conceded to his opponent, GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert, in an extremely close race to represent Colorado’s Third Congressional District.

Boebert was leading by about 554 votes with more than 99% of votes counted as of Friday evening, according to Insider’s election partner Decision Desk HQ. No major media network has yet called the race, which was not expected to be competitive until the surprisingly close results began rolling in on election night.

Under Colorado state law, a recount will automatically ensue if a candidate wins by a margin that is 0.5% or less of their total vote count. Boebert’s current lead of 554 out of her total 163,832 votes falls within that threshold, at about 0.34%.

Despite the results not being called yet, Frisch said on Facebook live Friday that he called Boebert to concede the race to her, adding that the chances of him winning were “very small.”

“The likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small. Very, very small. It’d be disingenuous and unethical for us or any other group to continue to raise false hope and encourage fundraising for a recount,” Frisch said during his concession speech. “Colorado elections are safe, accurate, and secure. Please save your m oney for your groceries, your rent, your children, and for other important causes and organizations.”

Frisch did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Boebert also acknowledged the call in a Tweet on Friday, saying: “I look forward to getting past election season and focusing on conservative governance in the House majority.”

The conservative firebrand had already declared victory in the race. On Thursday evening, Boebert announced on social media: “We won!”

In the accompanying video, she said there were “less than 200 votes outstanding” and that she was “certain” that she would win the race, even with the recount. Insider could not confirm the amount of outstanding votes.

“Past recounts in Colorado have resulted in far fewer votes being adjusted than anything that could affect the current outcome we’re seeing tonight in this race,” she added.

Meanwhile, a Thursday FEC filing showed that Frisch had already submitted a statement of candidacy for 2024, potentially setting the stage for another Boebert-Frisch showdown.

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