Republicans got a dose of good news on Dec. 27, when Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO-03) announced on Facebook she will bail out of her Toss Up reelection race to run for the safely red 4th District, where Rep. Ken Buck is retiring. Boebert's ability to draw negative attention to herself was the main reason her party was in jeopardy of losing the Western Slope 3rd District in the first place, and a less controversial Republican would have a better chance of keeping the Trump +8 seat.

In 2022, Boebert came within 546 votes of losing to Democrat Adam Frisch, a former Aspen councilman, and her notorious September 2023 Beetlejuice outing — for which she apologized — only added to her vulnerability in a rematch. Boebert ended September at a three-to-one cash disadvantage, with just $1.4 million on hand to Frisch's $4.2 million. Unlike 2022, when her race wasn't genuinely on either party's radar, Boebert would have needed major outside GOP help to be bailed out this time.

Boebert's home near Silt is on the opposite end of the state from

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