GOP Rep. Scott Tipton was defeated by primary challenger Lauren Boebert in Colorado’s third congressional district.
Boebert, a business owner and gun rights advocate, manages a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters Grill and argued that Tipton wasn’t sufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump.

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GOP Rep. Scott Tipton lost his re-nomination bid in Colorado’s Third Congressional District in a stunning upset in the state’s June 30 primaries, Decision Desk HQ projects.

Tipton was defeated in the Republican primary by first-time political candidate Lauren Boebert.

Boebert is a business owner and staunch gun rights advocate who manages a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters Grill aptly located in the Western Colorado city of Rifle where the servers are known for openly carrying weapons, Colorado Public Radio reported.

She is challenging Tipton from the right and arguing that he isn’t conservative enough or sufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump. In December 2019, Trump endorsed Tipton for re-election to the third district, which includes most of Western Colorado and voted for Trump by a margin of 12 percentage points in 2016.

“I’m tired of compromise and I believe that the American people are tired of compromise. It’s never enough for the people on the left. We compromise with them far too much, and they always want more,” she told CPR, specifically attacking Tipton’s votes in favor of the CARES Act and a bill that would have expanded visas for immigrant farmworkers.

Boebert is also sympathetic to the QAnon conspiracy theory, which spreads the baseless belief that a cabal of “deep state” actors in the federal government are working to undermine Trump, with CPR reporting that she said she hopes the basis of the QAnon movement “is real” on a “Q-friendly web show.”

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