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Boebert Benefits From Divided Opposition in Colorado Race

Lauren Boebert took a big risk six months ago when she began seeking re-election in a new congressional district. The two-term Colorado Republican will find out in Tuesday’s primary if the gamble paid off.

Boebert’s ample name recognition, fundraising edge, and Donald Trump’s endorsement are helping her offset carpetbagging charges and the kind of attention no candidate wants — viral video of Boebert and her date groping each other and then being escorted out of a performance of the musical “Beetlejuice” in Denver.

Yet her biggest advantage in the 4th District may be having five opponents dividing the anti-Boebert vote rather than just one who could consolidate it. She could win the primary with less than a majority of the vote in a state that doesn’t have runoffs.

“This is really advantageous for Boebert because she doesn’t have to worry unless they all coordinated together and put their support behind one candidate to oppose her,” Kyle Saunders, a political science professor at Colorado State University, said. “The same thing happened with Trump when he won the nomination in 2016.” Read More

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To contact the reporters on this story: Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com; Jeannie Baumann in Washington at jbaumann@bloombergindustry.com

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