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It appears that not everyone who calls themselves a Republican is a fan of Lauren Boebert. On Friday, former Republican Governor Bill Owens endorsed Lauren Boebert’s new Republican primary challenger Jeff Hurd, saying “Values, integrity, and principled leadership matter, and Jeff will never let us down.”

Primary challenger Jeff Hurd will challenge Lauren Boebert for the Third Congressional District. Photo courtesy of

Republican Jeff Hurd has announced a primary challenge to Boebert for Colorado’s Third Congressional District  U.S. House seat.

A 2020 election denier, Boebert is closely aligned with former president Donald Trump, and played a role in the ousting of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. She has repeatedly taken far-right positions on a variety of issues. Her recent lewd antics in a theater at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts got her escorted out of the theater, and have soured the support of many former supporters.

In endorsing Hurd, Owens said “I am proud to endorse Jeff Hurd for U.S. Congress for the 3rd District. Jeff is a man of character.” He went on to add, “He is a hardworking, smart, and sincere leader who will deliver for the district. He will fight for our agricultural community and ranchers, to protect our Colorado water, to combat inflation, and push for our energy independence.”

Boebert won a narrow election in 2022, besting a surprise showing by Democrat Adam Frisch, a former Aspen city council member. He came within less than 600 votes of beating her last year in the closest House race in the country. The close race in a bright red GOP district was one of the biggest news stories of the 2022 election season

Frisch has amassed one of the largest campaign donation war chests in the U.S. House. That 2024 house race is expected to be one of the most-watched in the nation.