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How President Trump could impact Colorado's third district primaries

President Trump endorsed Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), who faces one primary challenger, via...
President Trump endorsed Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), who faces one primary challenger, via Twitter in December. (Source: Gray DC) (GRAYDC)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT
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President Trump’s favorability is down in Colorado as Joe Biden rises in the polls, but Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert said the conservative spirit is still strong in the 3rd district: despite the liberal lean of other major cities.

“We are tired of Denver and Boulder drowning us out," Boebert said.

Boebert claims she’s more in line with President Trump’s platform than Tipton: especially when it comes to states’ rights and her pro-gun stance.

“I think that the Western part of Colorado should be leading in these conservative values," She said.

But it’s incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton who nabbed the president’s endorsement in December.

“I think in the primaries this will probably be a benefit," Tipton said.

Along with Trump’s support, Congressman Tipton has also raised more than eight times more money than Boebert.

He said being a conservative is just as important to him as the ability to work across the aisle.

“Our approach has been just to try to be reasonable," Tipton said.

Political analyst Mark Rom expects Tipton to be the winner of Tuesday’s primary battle, but cautions that these races can go either way even with President Trump’s endorsement.

“He has now lost three straight where his endorsed candidate lost in the primaries," Rom said. "So the Trump touch is no longer one of gold.”

Also running for a spot on the ticket tonight are Democrats Diane Mitsch Busch and James Iacino. The winner of that race will face the winner of Tipton-Boebert in November.

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