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Democrat concedes to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert in extremely tight election contest

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Democratic challenger Adam Frisch has conceded to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert in the election contest for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.

Unofficial results indicate that out of more than 327,000 votes, Boebert leads by a bit more than 550 votes. When the difference in votes for the top two candidates is less than or equal to 0.5% of the vote tally for the leading candidate, an automatic recount is required in the state — the Associated Press is refraining from calling the contest until the results of the anticipated recount are revealed.

Frisch said on Friday that the chance of the recount changing more than a small number of votes is slim and that he had already spoken to Boebert to concede the contest. "Colorado elections are safe, accurate, and secure," he said.

"Adam Frisch called me to concede this race," Boebert tweeted on Friday. "I look forward to getting past election season and focusing on conservative governance in the House majority. Time to get to work!" Boebert has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2021.

Republicans won the majority in the House during the 2022 midterm elections, which means they will control the chamber during the 118th Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is the only woman ever to serve as House speaker, announced on Thursday that she will not pursue reelection to Democratic leadership, though she will remain in office as a member of Congress — Pelosi, who has served as a lawmaker for more than three decades, won another term during the 2022 elections.

"The Pelosi era is over. Good riddance!" Boebert tweeted on Thursday.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the current House minority leader, won the GOP nomination to serve as House speaker during the 118th Congress — the vote was 188-31, according to reports. In order to officially clinch the speakership, McCarthy will need to win a majority during a House vote in January.

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