On Saturday, the Associated Press quoted a Republican strategist and former lawmaker from Western Colorado who suspects Rep. Lauren Boebert may soon wear out her welcome with voters in the area — even the sort of white, rural voters who have swung sharply to the right in the Trump era.
"There are very real limits to that shtick in rural Colorado, which is why she only won with 51 percent," said the strategist, Josh Penry. "When the sizzle wears off, there are big blocs of voters who will be totally up for grabs and will want to know that their congresswoman is trying to be part of the solution in between cable news show hits."
Prior to her election, Boebert was a businesswoman famous for running a restaurant where the servers open carry. She has drawn outrage for speaking positively of the QAnon movement (though she denies ever having been a part of it), trying to overturn the results of the election, live-tweeting the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during the invasion of the Capitol, and being caught up in an ethics scandal over how much money she has taken from her campaign for travel.
She represents the sprawling 3rd Congressional District of Colorado, which takes up most of the west of the state. While it is a conservative district, it is not entirely safe.
"Boebert defeated her Democratic opponent 51% to 45% in November. More Republicans than Democrats are registered voters, though the largest bloc is unaffiliated and the district is gaining retirees and refugees from urban areas who lean to the left," said the report. "Democrats are lining up potential challengers for 2022. Although the state Republican Party has embraced Boebert, some in the GOP whisper about a possible primary challenge."
"The biggest threat may be redistricting. By 2022, a nonpartisan commission will have redrawn the boundaries of Boebert's district, which could become more Democratic or more Republican with the inclusion of a few neighboring communities," said the report.
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