DENVER (AP) – Five-term Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton was upset in Tuesdayâ€™s Republican Party primary by Lauren Boebert, a pistol-packing businesswoman, ardent defender of gun rights and border wall supporter who wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education.
Boebert won after a campaign in which she accused Tipton of not being sufficiently pro-Donald Trump even though the president had endorsed Tipton, and even though Tipton is the Trump campaign’s co-chair for Colorado. Trump congratulated Boebert on Twitter, saying, â€œCongratulations on a really great win.”
She will run in Novemberâ€™s general election against Diane Mitsch Bush, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday by defeating James Iacino.
Tipton conceded in an email sent by his longtime campaign consultant Michael Fortney.
â€œ(Third) District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November,â€ Tipton wrote. â€œI want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well.â€
Boebert made a name for herself after loudly protesting Democratic Gov. Jared Polisâ€™ orders to close businesses to fight the coronavirus pandemic. She opened her Shooters Grill restaurant in defiance of closure orders.
Boebert confronted then-Democratic presidential candidate Beto Oâ€™Rourke during a stop last year by in the Denver suburb of Aurora, questioning him on suggestions heâ€™d confiscate guns – a moment that landed her on Fox News.
â€œA sober look at the Tipton Record shows a back-burner representative that has failed to live up to his conservative chops that he touted on his Tea Party-inspired campaign trail,â€ Boebert wrote in a recent Aspen Times column. â€œIf his record lived up to his campaign rhetoric, I wouldnâ€™t feel so compelled to run.â€