Republican Lauren Boebert and Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush battle to represent Colorado's 3rd Congressional District in November

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Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush will face off against Republican Lauren Boebert in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.

The candidates

Boebert, a staunch conservative, is the owner of Shooters Grill, a Colorado restaurant aptly located in Rifle, Colorado, that has its waitstaff open-carry firearms during service.

In a major upset in June, she defeated five-term incumbent Rep. Tipton in the Republican primary by about 10 percentage points despite a cash disadvantage. In June 2020, she came under scrutiny for her apparent embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory that has quickly spread across the United States.

"Everything that I've heard of Q, I hope that this is real because it only means that America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values," she said according to the Associated Press.

While she expressed interest in mid-2020, Boebert has of late attempted to distance herself from the conspiracy theory as her campaign gained interest and came under the spotlight. 

"We are attempting to put this stupid [QAnon] thing to bed, but it's all some of [Boebert's opponents] have because they are looking for how are they are going to say that she is so popular out there with ordinary people, how are they going to go against her, and they're choosing stuff like this," her spokeswoman Laura Carno said in an interview with the Colorado Times Recorder.

In her campaign ads, Boebert emphasizes wanting to serve in Congress to fight against socialism, protect Americans' 2nd Amendment rights, and create jobs in Colorado. 

Bush is a former tenured professor and Routt County Commissioner. From 2013 to 2017, Bush served in the Colorado House of Representatives for the state's 26th District.

She defeated seafood executive James Iacino in the 2020 Democratic primary election to move onto the November ballot. Her campaign is centered on protecting Colorado's environment and access to clean water, lowering prescription drug costs, passing DACA into federal law with congressional action, and ensure reproductive freedoms.

Bush previously ran against Rep. Tipton in the general election in 2018 where she lost by a margin of 7.9 percentage points.

The district

Colorado's 3rd Congressional District is located on the western side of the state, and touches the state's borders with Wyoming and New Mexico. It includes the cities of Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs, Pueblo, and Durango, as well as the upscale ski resort towns of Aspen and Telluride. 

In the 2016 presidential election, the district voted for President Donald Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by a 52% to 40% margin, according to the Daily Kos.

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Bush has raised $4.1 million, spent $3.9 million, and has around $230,000 in cash on hand while Boebert has raised $2.3 million, spent $2.2 million, and has around $88,000 in cash on hand.

What experts say

The race between Bush and Boebert is rated as "leans Republican" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, the Cook Political Report, and Inside Elections.

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