Lauren Bobert, firefront, right, is switching House districts in Colorado

Far-right House Republican Rep. Lauren Bobert announced Wednesday that she will run in the most conservative district in Colorado — trying to boost her chances after a strong primary challenger emerged in her district.

From the Third Congressional District to the Fourth – Ms. Bobert will be pushed into a crowded primary to replace Rep. Ken Buck, a conservative who is not seeking re-election. 2020 Election Donald J. He actively promoted false claims of theft from Trump. Mr. Buck attributed the failure to run in part to widespread mistrust in his party over the false claims — as well as the refusal of many of his Republican colleagues to condemn the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The pro-Trump crowd.

In a video posted on social media, Mrs. Bobert said the move was a “fresh start,” noting that it had been “a very difficult year for me and my family,” pointing to his divorce. “This is the right move for me personally, and it's the right decision for those who support our conservative movement,” Ms Bobert said.

In September, just before she was kicked out of the “Beetlejuice” concert for being disruptive, she was caught on security camera vaping and groping her date, just in time to finalize the divorce.

A primary contender emerged with significant supporters among the state's prominent former Republican officials. Jeff Hurd, a 44-year-old attorney from Grand Junction, has been endorsed by former Gov. Bill Owens and former Sen. Hank Brown. Editorial Board of the Colorado Springs Gazette Mr. He also supported Hurt This month on Mrs Bobert.

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Mr. Hurt, Ms. In a statement after Bobert's announcement, he touted the support he received from Republicans across the state and vowed to “fight every day to keep this district in Republican hands.”

Colorado's Fourth Congressional District is more conservative than the Third, and securing the Republican nomination in 2022 would make Mr. Ms. Buck won where she got 60 percent of the vote. Put Bobert in a strong position. -That year's election, he was roughly 500 votes ahead of his Democratic opponent, Adam Frisch.

Mr. who is contesting again in the third district. Frisch, Ms. from that competition. Bobert said the withdrawal changed little for his campaign.

“Since Day 1 of this race, I have been fully focused on protecting the way of life in rural Colorado,” he said in a statement, “and my focus will remain.”

A previous analysis of the Cook Political Report, 2024 by Ms. The race for Bobert's current seat is rated a tossup. In contrast, running in the general election in the Fourth Congressional District is not considered contested.

Mr. Other Republicans running in the primary to replace Buck include two former state senators, Ted Harvey and Jerry Sonenberg; Richard Holdorf, a state representative; Trent Leacy, a Marine and business owner; and Deborah Flora, a radio host.

Mr. Leasey Emphasized on social media Mrs. After Bobert's announcement, he announced that he would give Democrats an advantage in the race for his current district by switching.

“Lauren needs to be a fighter and keep her district red,” said Mr. Leasey said she's “running in a district where I actually live.”

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Charles Homans Contributed report.

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