Voters in Western Colorado have sent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton to Congress in five straight elections. But his winning streak ended on Tuesday when he lost his GOP primary to Lauren Boebert.
Diane Mitsch Bush won the Democratic Primary, the Associated Press reports.
"She doesn’t have the support of the party and her fundraising has trailed Tipton’s," Colorado Public Radio reported last week. "Yet, as her campaign ad points out, she is pro-Trump and pro-gun. In fact, she owns Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado, a restaurant known for servers who are armed and open carry."
"The upstart candidate claims the true Trump mantle. And just as the president has been known to promote conspiracy theories, Boebert isn’t dismissive of QAnon, a conspiracy theory alleging a 'deep state' attack on Trump, and other allegations against Democratic politicians," Colorado Public Radio explained. "On a Q-friendly web show, Boebert, based on what she heard about Q, said: 'I hope that this is real.'”
While the race received little attention outside of Colorado, Boebert's stances were the focus of what attention the race did receive.
"Down the ballot, in the 3rd Congressional District, Republican Rep. Scott R. Tipton is facing a primary challenge from gun rights activist Lauren Boebert, the owner of Shooter's Grill in Rifle, Colo., where customers can order a 'Guac 9' burger or a 'Turkey Ham Uzi Melt.' She became the focus of local media attention when she defied coronavirus restrictions and tangled with city officials," The Washington Post reported, in a preview of the race.
Here's some of what people were saying about the state of the race following Tipton's surprise defeat:
Scott Tipton has conceded. “3rd District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this… https://t.co/xjvriCnKBI— Jesse Aaron Paul ☀ (@Jesse Aaron Paul ☀)1593573188.0
Congratulations on a really great win! https://t.co/rMpFiV6LvY— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1593574199.0
.@laurenboebert defeating @RepTipton in #CO03 makes him the 5th sitting US House representative to lose renominatio… https://t.co/ZugeGt9KfV— Grace Panetta (@Grace Panetta)1593569831.0
The GOP just nominated a QAnon to be their nominee in #co03. This makes this seat winnable and a large Democratic t… https://t.co/lxlTV16lbH— Meidas Eric (@Meidas Eric)1593569997.0
The @dccc is wasting no time bashing @laurenboebert. DCCC chair @CheriBustos calls her an "extreme, QAnon caucus c… https://t.co/OLKLOTBqHk— Justin Wingerter (@Justin Wingerter)1593570856.0
For those unfamiliar with Lauren Boebert, who is currently leading Rep. Scott Tipton in #CO03, she's the founder of… https://t.co/rk3279y36S— Kirk A. Bado (@Kirk A. Bado)1593569978.0
The good news is, she has a solid Democratic opponent in former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush (@RepDMB). She was th… https://t.co/b8GU4ceIGP— Matthew Chapman (@Matthew Chapman)1593568807.0
Breaking: US Rep. @ScottRTipton concedes to Shooters Grill owner @LaurenBoebert in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional Di… https://t.co/zdfwpJ9iU7— Jon Murray (@Jon Murray)1593573061.0
No statewide Democrat carried #CO03 in 2018, but @SenhorRaposa found Republicans won the State House vote there by… https://t.co/ofRoPUKH9q— J. Miles Coleman (@J. Miles Coleman)1593570063.0
A woman with a $13,000 COH just took down a House GOP incumbent. I guess, when Tucker Carlson was calling to primar… https://t.co/FIChmSqK13— Will DiBugno (@Will DiBugno)1593568214.0
I am legitimately livid over the results in #CO03 right now. Livid. How do you fall asleep at the wheel against a c… https://t.co/wKRSp9Wa88— Joe Szymanski (@Joe Szymanski)1593569626.0
#CO03 GOP is replacing an absentee 5-term incumbent that was dining out on corporate PAC checks for 10 years w/ a l… https://t.co/bAJAVQWB5X— Richard G A (Chard) (안경재) (@Richard G A (Chard) (안경재))1593569785.0
It will be interesting to see how the ratings change in #CO03. Cook has it as an R+6 and Tipton won it by 8% in 20… https://t.co/625u3qR1Mo— Justin Wingerter (@Justin Wingerter)1593569783.0
If you can believe it, Boebert is much further right-wing than CO Trump campaign co-chair Tipton. My friend… https://t.co/FV7yC1661H— Rep. Dylan Roberts (@Rep. Dylan Roberts)1593568444.0