Colorado Republicans of the state’s 3rd district chose to move to the right, picking second amendment activist Lauren Boebert over 5 time congressman Scott Tipton in their primary election. Boebert is best known for standing up to Rep. Beto O’Rourke when he claimed “Hell yes we’re gonna take your AR-15,” at a Democratic presidential primary debate. Chris Enloe reports for The Blaze:
In a stunning upset Tuesday night, Boebert defeated Rep. Scott Tipton — whom President Donald Trump had endorsed — in the Republican primary election for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
When DecisionDeskHQ called the race in Boebert’s favor, just minutes before 10 p.m. EST, Boebert had a significant lead of nearly 10,000 votes.
Boebert runs a restaurant in the western Colorado town of Rifle called Shooters Grill, which is known for its servers who openly carry firearms. Boebert is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and is described of being further right of Rep. Tipton, who has served five terms in Congress.
Despite Tipton earning Trump’s endorsement and being the Trump campaign’s Colorado co-chair, Boebert argued on the campaign trail that Tipton was not sufficiently pro-Trump — and it worked.
“I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well,” Tipton said in a statement late Tuesday, CNN reported.
Trump reacted, “Congratulations on a really great win!”
Here’s Boebert standing up to O’Rourke face to face back on September 21, 2019.
You can donate to Lauren’s congressional campaign here.