Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert, the fervent gun rights proponent and strong supporter of former President Donald Trump who has made waves since arriving in the nation’s capital, reports bringing in $700,000 in fundraising the first three months of this year, an impressive haul in an off-election year.
But one the Colorado Republican lawmaker’s Democratic challengers – state Sen. Kerry Donovan – raised more than $614,000 in the less than two months since she announced her candidacy for Congress in a bid to oust Boebert in the 2022 midterm elections.
The combined hauls by Boebert and Donovan dwarf what was raised during the similar period in the 2020 election cycle, and they are an early indication that the race in Colorado’s mostly rural third district – which covers the western third of the state, as well as Pueblo in the southern central part of the state – will be an expensive battle.
The surge in fundraising is likely driven by the intense interest in Boebert, the Rifle, Colorado, restaurant owner who pushed a unrelenting conservative message through a savvy use of social media to upset five-term GOP Rep. Scott Tipton in last year’s Republican primary before winning the general election in November.
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