Colorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset

Gun rights activist Lauren Boebert defeated Rep. Scott TiptonScott R. TiptonHillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates On The Trail: Trump, coronavirus fuel unprecedented voter enthusiasm QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem MORE (R) in a Republican primary, delivering a surprise upset over the five-term lawmaker.

Boebert gained national recognition for her ownership of Shooters Grill, a restaurant that drew headlines for allowing its waiting staff to openly carry firearms.

Colorado's 3rd District, which spans from the northwest of the state to the southeast plains, is 99 percent rural and leans Republican. It last elected a Democrat in 2008 before then-Rep. John Salazar (D) was ousted in 2010 by Tipton.

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Tipton, who was endorsed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE, is now the third GOP lawmaker to be defeated this cycle after Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Bottom line House GOP leaders condemn candidate who said black people should be 'proud' of Confederate statues MORE (Iowa) and Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanGOP lawmakers raise questions about WHO's coronavirus timeline Trump's WHO decision raises bipartisan concerns in House On The Trail: Trump, coronavirus fuel unprecedented voter enthusiasm MORE (Va.). Riggleman was defeated by Republican Bob Good at a party convention rather than a primary.

Among Democrats, Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.) was ousted in a primary earlier this year by progressive Marie Newman and Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelChina must be held accountable for its egregious actions against Hong Kong Voice of America not extending foreign journalists' visas: report New York candidates left on hold as primary results trickle in MORE (N.Y.) appeared likely to lose his seat to progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman as votes continue to be counted following last week's primary.

Boebert, who is often pictured toting a gun on her hip, ran to Tipton’s right, casting herself as someone who “believes in personal freedom, citizen rights, and upholding the Constitution of the United States” and is an “avid supporter” of the president.

“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” she says on her campaign website. “I’m running for Congress to stand up for our conservative values, address our current representatives’ failed promises, and put far-left Democrats back in their place.” 

In November, Boebert will face off against former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush (D), who prevailed in the Democratic primary on Tuesday.

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Trump congratulated Boebert on her win, saying in a tweet, "Congratulations on a really great win!"

Boebert has torn into Tipton over his votes to provide coronavirus relief funds to cities like Boulder and for an agriculture bill in December that included a path to legal status for millions of undocumented immigrant workers.

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"In December, Scott Tipton voted alongside Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAs coronavirus surges, Trump tries to dismantle healthcare for millions Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move MORE to give millions of illegal immigrants amnesty and hand them a billion of our taxpayer dollars. In April, Scott Tipton joined AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGoya CEO dismisses critics for praise of Trump: 'I'm not apologizing' Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs MORE] and her Squad to bailout Boulder. In June, I plan on term-limiting Scott Tipton," Boebert said in an ad this month.

Tipton also did not spend any money this cycle on television ads, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Boebert, who made headlines last year for challenging former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBellwether counties show trouble for Trump Colorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden MORE (D-Texas) over his gun buyback program at a campaign event, has also expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

Boebert is not the first Republican backer of the conspiracy theory to win a congressional primary this cycle. The theory posits that Trump and the military are working together to expose and arrest a shadowy cabal of global elites and Democratic establishment figures who control the government and run a global child sex trafficking ring.

When Boebert appeared on a right-wing internet show named "Steel Truth" in May, she was asked her thoughts on Q, the mysterious figure who posts anonymous messages online that serve as the foundation for the conspiracy theory.

"I am familiar with that," she responded. "Everything I've heard of Q — I hope this is real. Because it only means America is getting stronger and better and people are returning to conservative values."

Marjorie Taylor Greene advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary race to represent a deep-red Georgia county earlier this month, while Jo Rae Perkins, who in since-deleted tweets said she stood with Q, won the party's Oregon Senate primary.

Chris Mills Rodrigo and Abigail Mihaly contributed.