Five-term Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton loses GOP primary to far-right challenger

Republican Rep. Scott Tipton conceded his primary reelection bid in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday evening, a stunning upset that will vault his far-right challenger, Lauren Boebert, into the state’s general election.

“3rd District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November,” he said in a statement Tuesday evening. “I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well.”

Tipton, a five-term incumbent who had been endorsed by President Donald Trump, was widely believed to be the front runner in the race before Tuesday evening.

“Congressman @ScottRTipton is a great supporter of the MAGA Agenda! He fights for your 2A rights and the Border Wall,” the President tweeted on Monday. “Scott is working hard for Colorado and has my Complete and Total Endorsement! CO03.”

But Boebert, a political newcomer, was able to gain meaningful support in the state as she positioned herself as a candidate more aligned with Trump’s agenda. Her website states she “believes in personal freedom, citizen rights, and upholding the Constitution of the United States.”

“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” Boebert says in a statement on her website. “I’m running for Congress to stand up for our conservative values, address our current representatives’ failed promises, and put far-left Democrats back in their place.”

Her win Tuesday night was met with instant criticism from Democrats who pointed to comments she made where she appeared to sympathize with QAnon, a pro-Trump deep-state conspiracy theory.

During an interview on the internet show “Steel Truth” in May, Boebert said she was “very familiar with” the conspiracy.

QAnon, she said, “is only motivating and encouraging and bringing people together, stronger, and if this is real, then it could be really great for our country.”

The conspiracy incorporates everything from “Pizzagate” to “false flag” mass shootings to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It has claimed, for example, that Trump was not under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller but was instead working with him to go after leading Democrats and other elites, whom proponents of the theory allege are involved in pedophilia rings.

It has been described as a “counter-narrative” to the actual reality of Trump’s presidency.

Cheri Bustos, chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Tuesday evening “Washington Republicans should immediately disavow Lauren Boebert and her extremist, dangerous conspiracy theories.”

Bustos added that “Democrats are well positioned to compete and win this seat.”

Boebert’s win also marks the latest instance of a Trump-endorsed candidate losing their GOP primary.

Earlier this month Madison Cawthorn, a 24-year-old political newcomer, defeated Trump’s endorsed candidate Lynda Bennett in the North Carolina GOP congressional primary for the seat vacated by the President’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows.