Guns and a Congressional Election in Colorado

The Story:

Lauren Boebert is not only pro-gun rights, she is flamboyantly so. She is the owner of the Shooters Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, where the staff packs heat and patrons are encouraged to do the same, “open carry.”  One of the dishes on the menu is called “ballistic chicken.” Boebert is also the Republican nominee for a seat in the US House of Representatives from Colorado’s 3d district, the western part of the state, including Durango and Grand Junction.


In a Republican primary in June, Boebert defeated the incumbent for this seat, Scott Tipton, who had been seeking his sixth term. Though Tipton had a conservative reputation, and the endorsement of President Donald Trump, Boebert charged that he had sided with Democrats too often, for example by voting for a “Farm Workforce Modernatization Act” which would have allowed a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farm workers.

Boebert defeated Tipton 54% to 46%. This was the first time in 48 years that a challenger had defeated an incumbent Congressman in a party primary in Colorado.

The Thing to Know:

Polls show that Boebert is now in essence tied with the Democratic Party nominee, Mitsch Bush. It seems likely at present that there will be no Boebert/Bush debate, and each candidate blames the other for that.

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