Boebert won’t run in special election to replace Buck

By Madison Fernandez | 03/14/2024 06:32 AM EDT

The Colorado conservative is running to take her retiring GOP colleague’s seat in the fall but won’t try to replace him early.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) at the Capitol this week. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert said Wednesday that she is not planning to run in the June special election to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ken Buck.

Boebert, who currently represents Colorado’s 3rd District and is campaigning for Buck’s seat in the 4th District, said Wednesday in a Rumble livestream that she will “not further imperil the already very slim House Republican majority” by vacating her seat to run for the special election.

“Put in your Ukraine-first candidate,” she said. “I don’t really care. It’s going to be a placeholder for six months, but at least there will be someone to help us keep our majority.”


Buck announced his intention not to run for reelection late last year. But on Tuesday, he said he was cutting his term short and leaving office next week, triggering a special election to fill the rest of his term.