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Rep. Scott Tipton Concedes To Lauren Boebert In GOP Primary For 3rd Congressional District

DENVER (CBS4) - Congressman Scott Tipton, a solid conservative, 5-term incumbent, endorsed by President Trump, has conceded in Tuesday's GOP Primary to Lauren Boebert.

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Lauren Boebert (left) and Scott Tipton (right) (credit: CBS)

The gun-toting political newcomer has a take-no-prisoners kind of style.

Boebert owns a restaurant on the Western Slope that opened for dine-in service earlier this month and violated a cease and desist order. She and her restaurant also made headlines for employees openly carrying guns.

"He's (Tipton) drawn a challenger who thinks he's not confrontational enough, and doesn't think he's strong enough. It's kind of hard to wrap my mind around that, but that's the nature of her candidacy," said CBS4 Republican analyst Dick Wadhams.

CBS4 Democratic analyst Mike Dino says the bomb-throwing approach appeals to some voters.

"3rd District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November. I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well," Tipton said in a statement Tuesday night.

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Lauren Boebert, owner of Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado (credit: CBS)

Boebert will face Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in a race to represent western Colorado.

"I believe that I won because the citizens in my district are fed up with D.C. politics. People want a fighter who will stick up for them and I've proven that I can do exactly that. Freedom is my motivator," Boebert said in a statement Tuesday night.

President Trump shared his congratulations for Boebert.

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