Frisch challenges Boebert in tight Colorado race
Ms Boebert’s lead began to shrink as more ballots were processed on Thursday, according to the secretary of state’s office. As of Thursday evening, the race appears to be heading for an automatic recount, as neither candidate appears to have enough votes to win by a margin of more than 0.5 per cent, the required threshold under state law.
A recount must be completed by 13 December.
The deadline for voters to fix ballot discrepancies and for county clerks to receive military and overseas votes passed on Wednesday, with all ballots required to be counted by Friday.
While the race is among only a handful not yet decided, Republicans have won a slim majority in the US House of Representatives with 218 seats, giving the GOP control of the lower chamber of Congress.
‘Other people were shocked by Lauren Boebert’s close race. I wasn’t’
The Independent’s Sheila Flynn writes:
Alex Woodward18 November 2022 07:00
House Republican waste no time announcing investigations into Biden family
House Republicans previewed a swathe of investigations into President Joe Biden and his family after narrowly winning back the lower chamber in the midterms.
The president has rejected any claims that he’s linked to his son’s affairs, but House Republicans are pushing ahead with a congressional probe to derail his administration.
Lauren Boebert cheered them on:
Alex Woodward18 November 2022 06:00
Republicans may now control the House of Representatives – but there’s a catch
The lack of a signficant majority will come back to bite the GOP, writes Chris Stevenson:
Alex Woodward18 November 2022 05:00
‘After Nancy Pelosi, get ready for a darker, weirder era in the House’
Alex Woodward18 November 2022 04:00
Marjorie Taylor Greene dodges question about most fentanyl being smuggled by US citizens – not migrants
Far-right Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene dodged a question from The Independent when asked about her claims regarding the source of fentanyl crossing the US-Mexico border.
When asked about the fact that most fentanyl comes not from illegal border crossings but from legal ports of entry from American citizens, Ms Greene dodged the question.
“I would ask for where’s your proof on that because that’s not what we’ve been shown,” she said. “When we go to the border and we’re speaking with border patrol agents, when we’re on the ground, that’s not at all what we are being told.”
Then citing a study from the CATO Institute, a libertarian organisation that cited US government data, she rebuffed the study.
“The CATO Institute is not the border patrol,” she said.
Alex Woodward18 November 2022 02:00
‘Nancy Pelosi: The most powerful woman in American politics. Period.’
As outgoing House speaker Nancy Pelosi reveals her political future, Andrew Feinberg looks back on her legacy:
Alex Woodward18 November 2022 01:00
Boebert race for Congress in Colorado heads to likely recount
The race between far-right Republican Lauren Boebert and Democratic challenger Adam Frisch for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district is headed to a likely recount, according to election observers. Given the present vote totals, neither candidate seems likely to possess the required 0.5 per cent margin of victory to win in the first round of counting.
However, as Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman notes, it’s “extremely rare for a lead of that size to be overturned in a recount,” pointing to Ms Boebert’s present lead of just over 550 votes.
Josh Marcus18 November 2022 00:17
Democrats line up behind Hakeem Jeffries as next House minority leader
Top Democrats are coalescing their support behind longtime Democratic caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries to be the head of a new-look team that will lead Democrats after two decades under the trio of Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn.
Alex Woodward18 November 2022 00:00
‘Good riddance!’: Boebert celebrates Pelosi’s retirement from leadership
Very few House Republicans took time out of their day to watch Nancy Pelosi reveal her plans for the 118th Congress, but some members took the occasion of the first woman to lead the House stepping down to issue crass missives on social media to celebrate her departure.
Alex Woodward17 November 2022 22:00
Boebert’s lead narrows as more votes are counted in extremely tight race
Lauren Boebert is leading by just 839 votes in a race to hang on to her congressional seat.
Her Democratic opponent Adam Frisch has netted 161,945 votes to Ms Boebert’s 162,784, according to updates from the secretary of state’s office at 4.30pm ET on Thursday.
An automatic recount is triggered if the votes between the two candidates equals less than 0.5 percent of the votes cast for the leading candidate.
A recount threshold at this point would be 814 votes.
Alex Woodward17 November 2022 21:24