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Five-term Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton loses GOP primary to far-right challenger

July 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Republican Rep. Scott Tipton conceded his primary reelection bid in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday evening, a stunning upset that will vault his far-right challenger, Lauren Boebert, into the state's general election.

(CNN)Republican Rep. Scott Tipton conceded his primary reelection bid in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday evening, a stunning upset that will vault his far-right challenger, Lauren Boebert, into the state's general election.

"3rd District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November," he said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Tipton, a five-term incumbent who had been endorsed by President Donald Trump, was widely believed to be the front runner in the race before Tuesday evening.

But Boebert, a political newcomer, was able to gain meaningful support in the state as she positioned herself as a candidate more aligned with Trump's agenda.

The President congratulated her on "a really great win" in a Tuesday evening tweet.

Her win Tuesday night was met with instant criticism from Democrats who pointed to comments she made where she appeared to sympathize with QAnon, a pro-Trump deep-state conspiracy theory.

Cheri Bustos, chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Tuesday evening "Washington Republicans should immediately disavow Lauren Boebert and her extremist, dangerous conspiracy theories. "

Boebert's win also marks the latest instance of a Trump-endorsed candidate losing their GOP primary.

Earlier this month Madison Cawthorn, a 24-year-old political newcomer, defeated Trump's endorsed candidate Lynda Bennett in the North Carolina GOP congressional primary for the seat vacated by the President's chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

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