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President Trump congratulated Lauren Boebert late Tuesday night after the pro-gun businesswoman defeated Rep. Scott Tipton, who represented his Colorado district for five terms in Congress.

“Congratulations on a really great win!” Trump tweeted. Trump’s tweet linked to a post from her Twitter account from back in May where she described herself as a tough fighter against socialism and advocate for the Second Amendment.

“I refuse to send my children into a socialist nation," the mother of 4 said. "Their freedom IS my motivator! Threaten the liberty of Americans, and I’ll be there to hold you accountable! #USHouse #CO03 #HELLNObeto @BetoORourke.”

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Boebert, the owner of Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., confronted Beto O'Rourke when he was a Democratic presidential candidate. He stopped in the Denver suburb of Aurora, and she questioned him on suggestions that he made that he would confiscate guns.

She told Fox News in an interview at the time that she drove for three hours to see O'Rourke with her "Glock on her hip" and told him, "'Hell no, you're not going to take our guns.'"

The Associated Press reported that Boebert accused Tipton of not being sufficiently pro-Trump even though the president had endorsed her opponent.

Trump took to Twitter on Monday to call Tipton a “great supporter of the #MAGA Agenda! He fights for your #2A rights and the Border Wall. Scott is working hard for Colorado and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

She will run in November's general election against Diane Mitsch Bush, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday by defeating James Iacino.

Tipton conceded in an email sent by his longtime campaign consultant Michael Fortney.

"(Third) District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November," Tipton wrote. "I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well."

This is not the first time that a Republican, who did not secure Trump’s endorsement, won in a primary.

Madison Cawthorn, who beat his Trump-endorsed opponent last week, told  Fox News his primary victory was "by no means" a referendum on Trump.

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"I by no means believe that my victory was a referendum on his influence in this district, because I will stress that over 99 percent of my voters will be voting for President Trump," Cawthorn said Monday on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria."

Fox News' Evie Fordham, Julia Musto and the Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund DeMarche is a senior news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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Floridas Primary Voter Registration Deadline Is Less Than A Week Away

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Floridians planning to vote in local primary elections have a less than a week left to register to vote or update their voter’s registration information.

Since Florida is a closed primary state, only voters who are registered members of political parties can vote for respective party candidates or nominees during a primary election.

Those who are eligible may register to vote at any time, but they must register at least 29 days before an election to participate in it.

That means voters have until July 20 to sign up or change their party affiliation in order to cast their ballots for the upcoming Florida Primary Election which is August 18.

The easiest way to register to vote is to do it online at RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis in Florida, many voters are opting to cast their ballots during early voting or vote-by-mail in order to avoid crowds and lines at polling places.

EARLY VOTING

State law requires early voting to be held for at least eight days.

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In Miami-Dade, early voting for the Primary Election begins August 3 through August 16.

Click here to view the schedule, times, and locations in Miami-Dade

In Broward County, early voting takes place August 8 through August 16.

Click here to view schedule, times, and locations in Broward County.

In Monroe County, early voting takes place August 3 through August 15.

Click here to view schedule, times, and locations in Monroe County.

VOTE-BY-MAIL

Any registered voter in Florida can choose to vote-by-mail.

Nearly 900 ballots had already been cast Monday for the Aug. 18 primary elections from the more than 3.5 million vote-by-mail ballots sent to Florida voters, according to numbers posted by the state Division of Elections.

Of the total, 392 ballots had been submitted by Republicans and 335 by Democrats. Another 20 ballots had been sent in by people registered with minor parties and 120 came from independents.

Florida has 13.7 million registered voters.

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Democrats have been provided about 1.6 million vote-by-mail ballots, while Republicans have received about 1.2 million. Another 33,582 have gone to third-party voters, and 677,037 have gone to independents.

Last month, Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee issued assurances about the state’s absentee-ballot process. “Our state, I believe, is very well-situated to have a secure and effective vote-by-mail process,” Lee told members of the Economic Club of Florida in Tallahassee.

The General Election deadline is October 5, for Election Day on November 3.

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