Lauren Boebert faces Republican opponents in Colorado primary
Lauren Boebert faces Republican opponents in Colorado primary

One of the most notorious Republicans in Congress faces a hotly contested primary on Tuesday.

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado is running against five other Republicans in Colorado’s 4th District.

It is not her district – Boebert currently represents Colorado’s 3rd District – but she is making the switch rather than face a rematch against Adam Frisch, the Democratic challenger who surprisingly close to beating them in 2022. Boebert said she would run in the 4th District, which leans more Republican than her own, after former Rep. Ken Buck (R) announced his retirement.

In her first term in Congress, Boebert attracted attention with a series of inflammatory antics, including vowing to carry a gun in Washington, calling a Muslim colleague a terrorist, and booing President Joe Biden during the 2022 State of the Union address along with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Frisch described Boebert as an advocate of “Entertainment.”

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Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) shout “Build the Wall” as President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on March 1, 2022.

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In her second term, Boebert clashed with Greene after the two introduced competing resolutions to impeach Biden in June 2023. Greene told reporters that Boebert “basically copied my articles,” which Boebert denied.

“I’m not in middle school,” Boebert told HuffPost at the time.

That evening, Greene called Boebert a “little bitch” during an argument on the House floor—a breach of decency that contributed to Greene’s expulsion from the right-wing House Freedom Caucus the following month.

Months later, Boebert herself committed a breach of morality when she escorted out of a theater in Denver in September after vaping and going on a date during a performance of the musical Beetlejuice.

This year, Boebert has seemingly tried to distance herself from Greene. During a House Oversight Committee hearing that ended in chaos after Greene lambasted a Democratic colleague’s “false eyelashes.” Boebert tried to strike a more statesmanlike tone and apologized to the American people on Greene’s behalf.

“It was embarrassing what was going on,” Boebert said the next day. “My apology was sincere because I was ashamed that it happened.”

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Boebert earlier this year over her five Republican opponents.

Boebert may have an advantage because of her name recognition and support for Trump, but political handicappers have said that the negative attention they attract – such as being kicked out of a Broadway tour – hurts their chances.

If Boebert wins, she will face the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary. One of the candidates, Ike McCorkle, recently published an internal survey suggesting that he would beat Boebert in a hypothetical election contest.

By Everly