Colorado Democrats are potentially taking a page out of the late, great Rush Limbaugh’s book and are switching party affiliations ahead of GOP primaries in the state in an effort to boot Rep. Lauren Boebert from office.
Thousands of registered Colorado Democrats have reportedly changed parties since January. Democrat Party voter rolls in Boebert’s 3rd Congressional District have decreased by approximately 2.7 percent or 3,700 voters between February and May according to an analysis that was done by CPR News. At the same time, the district reportedly saw growth in its unaffiliated voter numbers. No other Colorado district has seen that kind of increase in voters changing party registration over the same duration of time.
There is an “open primary” system in Colorado that allows unaffiliated voters to participate in either primary election without having to register with a given party. There is no way to know for sure if the voters who dropped their party affiliation are plotting to oust Boebert, but a number of former Democrats have told local media that they are taking measures into their own hands to get rid of her.
“Well, I’m a lifelong Democrat, and now I’m unaffiliated,” Steven Hallenborg said in an interview with CPR. “It’s very unfortunate what’s going on in this state. So, I mean, she has to go.”
"Boebert relates to average, hard-working Coloradans like no one we have seen… District 3 primary voters should nominate Boebert for a second term." https://t.co/aO2W6S9qZn
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 6, 2022
It’s also unknown if the shift in party affiliation will have any impact on Boebert’s reelection chances. The Democrats-turned-Independents are only a small percentage of the overall electorate and therefore, may not have any meaningful effect on her campaign. Even if all of those that switched designation voted for Boebert’s challenger, State Senator Don Coram, their numbers would account for less than 1 percent of all registered voters, according to CPR.
Coram is a centrist which is an unpopular stance in the Republican Party currently. He’s determined to go after the unaffiliated vote.
“They are unaffiliated because they are sick and tired of the antics of the far right, and the far left,” he told CPR. His campaign was adamant that he is focused on winning over undecided voters, not convincing Democrats to meddle in the primary.
I support @laurenboebert . America and President Trump need Lauren in Congress.
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) June 5, 2022
Further efforts to get Democrats to take part in this possible election strategy ran out of time on Monday, June 6, which was the last day members of a party could change or drop their affiliation in order to participate in another party’s primary.
Boebert is increasingly popular in her district. In 2020, she won her primary by almost 10,000 votes and she may beat that number this time around.
Some experts are weighing in on the issue according to CPR. They contend that this may all be because GOP races are more interesting in a blue state and Independent voters have a chance of swaying results. That appears to be a definite reach in this instance.
It should be noted that although Colorado is counted now as a blue state, at one time it was red and progressive policies that hurt Americans’ pocketbooks could swing it back into that category once again.
Leftists can’t govern.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) June 7, 2022
“For unaffiliated voters who really are neutral between the parties, and there are some of those, they may simply decide the Republican Party is the more interesting contest right now,” Seth Masket, who is a professor of political science at the University of Denver, asserts. “For primaries, that is something that could have an effect.”
Coram raised a paltry $89,000 by the end of March for his campaign, compared to a whopping $4.4 million rolling in for Boebert.
The Republican primary in Boebert’s state is slated for June 28.
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