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Lauren Boebert Faces Voter Backlash in Colorado’s Straw Poll

Representative Lauren Boebert’s decision to run for reelection in a different congressional district has sparked controversy and led to poor performance in a recent straw poll, drawing mockery from The Colorado Sun through a satirical cartoon.

The District Switch-Up

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Boebert, originally serving Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District since 2021, announced a strategic shift to the 4th Congressional District for her reelection bid, a move criticized as an attempt to navigate around stiff competition in her current district.

Straw Poll Shock

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In a surprising turn of events, Boebert placed fifth in a straw poll following a debate in Fort Lupton, Colorado, gathering only 12 votes out of 100 from Republican voters, indicating a potential challenge in winning over her new constituency.

Editorial Cartoon Commentary

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The Colorado Sun’s editorial cartoonist, Jim Morrissey, took a jab at Boebert’s predicament with a piece that portrays her contesting the straw poll results saying “stop the straw poll steal”, reflecting on her previous support of the “Stop the Steal” movement.

Boebert’s Political Stance

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A vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, Boebert has been known for her fiery rhetoric and participation in the controversial “Stop the Steal” campaign, challenging the legitimacy of the 2020 election results.

A Pledge to Earn Votes

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Despite the setback, Boebert emphasized her commitment to earning the support of her potential voters, distancing herself from any entitlement to their votes during the Fort Lupton debate.

Widespread Backlash

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The fallout from the straw poll has attracted media satire and criticism from political figures and commentators across the spectrum, highlighting the uphill battle Boebert faces in her reelection campaign.

Jasmine Crockett’s Mocking Post

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Representative Jasmine Crockett, a Texas Democrat, mocked Boebert in a post on X on January 29.

“Before I go to bed, I thought it would only be fitting to send ‘thoughts & prayers’ to my colleague, Lauren Boebert,” Crockett said.

“It’s my understanding that she placed 5th in her first straw poll of the election cycle. Now how many of y’all think BoBo gonna try to convince us that polls don’t matter[?]”

A Friend’s Disappointment

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Greg Brophy, a former Republican state lawmaker and one-time ally of Boebert, expressed disillusionment with her decision to switch districts, hinting at a growing divide within her support base.

An Uncertain Path Forward

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Lauren Boebert’s strategic maneuver to contest reelection in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District has led to early challenges, as reflected in the straw poll results and ensuing public and political critique, setting the stage for a contentious campaign ahead.

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