January 29, 2023

The Colorado GOP on Wednesday called on Democrat Adam Frisch to pull out of the race against Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert and save tax dollars in a recount.

The statement came hours before Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold ordered a mandatory recount in the state’s 3rd congressional district. Under state law, a mandatory recount is triggered when the vote gap between the top two candidates is at or below 0.5% of the leading candidate’s total votes.

Democratic House candidate Adam Frisch listens to incumbent U.S. Congressman Lauren Boebert during a debate at Colorado Mesa University as part of The Club 20 policy conference September 10, 2022 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
(RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post)

On November 18th, Frisch conceded the US house’s closely watched run against Boebert. After counting almost all the votes, the incumbent Boebert leads with about 0.17 percentage points or 554 votes out of more than 327,000 votes counted ahead of Frisch.

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Frisch has said he supports the mandatory recount but thinks it’s unrealistic to think it would turn over enough votes to win. He called Boebert to abandon the race.

On Wednesday, the Colorado GOP asked Frisch to pull out of the race and avoid charging taxpayers potentially millions of dollars.

“A recount will be expensive – that’s why Frisch doesn’t ask his supporters to donate to it. Rather, he’s sticking that bill to Colorado taxpayers. When recounted by voting machines, the recount effort is estimated to cost taxpayers between $100,000 and $300,000. If the recount is done by hand, a conservative estimate of the cost to taxpayers is between $1 million and $3 million,” the Colorado GOP wrote on Twitter.

It added, “Instead of funding a wasteful and frivolous recount, taxpayers’ money should go to charities that actually help Colorado’s Third Circuit.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Frisch’s campaign office for comment.

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On Thursday, Frisch said he “fully supports the recount process” but “could not in good faith maintain the false hope that there is a good chance the recount will change the outcome of the election.”

“My concession remains sincere but has no legal implications – under no circumstances did I want it to stop this vote recount (which it legally cannot),” he said. “If, by some minor coincidence, there is a large enough vote to put us first after the recount, we would be confirmed the winners and sworn into Congress on January 3rd. But the reality is we don’t expect the results of this election to change with the recount.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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