In recent years, the state of Colorado has been slowly drifting more to the political left. Unsurprisingly, this is most commonly seen in areas that are more densely populated, such as Denver and Boulder. However, if Tuesday’s primary election is any indication, the state might not be turning all that blue after all, at least in some districts.
Take the state’s 3rd District, for example.
The district is located mostly on the western side of the state, which is much more rural and isolated than its more eastern counterparts. And as we all know, the more rural an area is, the more conservative its people tend to be.
So it is no surprise that Republican Representative Scott Tipton has been able to serve here for a total of five terms. Neither is shocking that Trump would have won the district in 2016 with 52-40. That same year, Tipton, as a proud Trump supporter and conservative leader, won 55-40 and took an even higher percentage in 2014.
In the years since Trump’s win in 2016, that margin of success has decreased a bit, as I mentioned above, it seems that the state has moved a little more leftward. Tipton won the seat again in 2018, but only by 51-44. That year, his Democratic opponent was Diane Mitsch Bush, who is running again this year.
But as it turns out, he won’t have to worry about her competition, as he has already been ousted by one of his own. And the winning challenger is even more devoutly to the right of center than him.
Enter “pistol-packing businesswoman” Lauren Boebert, as the Associated Press referred to her.
Boebert is pro-gun, pro-border wall, and definitely pro-Trump. And it is this last bit that many believe allowed her to win.
I know, I already mentioned that Tipton was pro-Trump as well. The man has even been endorsed by Trump and is co-chair for the Trump campaign in his state. So why would this make any difference?
Well, according to Boebert, Tipton is not nearly pro-Trump enough. She even campaigned on that idea.
As the Associated Press reported, “Five-term Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton was upset in Tuesday’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.”
But it’s clear that her message connected with at least some who heard her because she is now the official GOP nominee.
However, it isn’t likely the only reason.
Boebert has also become quite good at gaining attention from the media in recent years. If you recognize her name at all, it is probably due to a confrontation she had last year with then-presidential candidate Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke.
As you can well imagine, based on the Associated Press’ description of Boebert, she and anti-Second Amendment O’Rourke don’t really mix well. In fact, they are pretty much like oil and water when it comes to gun rights and how our nation should deal with firearms. Naturally, when the two discussed the subject last year, headlines were made.
But she has also made waves more recently by defying Governor Jared Polis’s coronavirus lockdown orders on shutting down her restaurant. Instead of complying, she opened her ‘Shooter’s Grill’ to the public.
The restaurant in and of itself is something of an oddity as well. It is one of the few establishments of this type that hosts certified concealed carry classes for its patrons. In addition, there is a sign posted prominently on the eatery’s wall that reads, “Guns are welcome on the premises. Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”
It’s great, right?
And one more reason why I very highly doubt that President Trump will be disappointed in her win. He has already congratulated her on her recent success, saying, “Congratulations on a really great win.” Tipton has congratulated her as well, wishing “her and her supporters well.”