By the numbers...
Third Congressional District of Colorado election results, as of press time:
375 precincts, or 77 percent, reporting
• Scott Tipton — 156,772, 53 percent
• Sal Pace — 120,697, 41 percent
• Tisha Casida — 8,678, 3 percent
“Our internal polling looked pretty positive going into the election, but this exceeded our expectations. I’m very grateful to my staff that traveled with me to debates and town hall meetings all over the district, and to all of our volunteers that worked so hard throughout the campaign.”
— Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, about Tuesday’s election results in the Third Congressional District of Colorado.
Contrary to what the last polls showed a month ago, the race for the Third Congressional District of Colorado did not come down to the wire.
Not only wasn’t it close, numerous agencies across the state called the election for incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, with 50 percent of the ballots still to be tallied.
“Our internal polling looked pretty positive going into the election, but this exceeded our expectations,” Tipton said. “I’m very grateful to my staff that traveled with me to debates and town hall meetings all over the district, and to all of our volunteers that worked so hard throughout the campaign.”
In Moffat County Tipton dominated garnering 4,459 votes, or 76 percent of the 6,113 total ballots cast.
The Congressman’s primary challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, picked up 1,040 votes, or 18 percent of the county.
Tisha Casida, unaffiliated candidate from Pueblo, made numerous campaign stops to Craig during the race and garnered 238 votes, or 4 percent, for her efforts.
Though the race was closer statewide, Tipton led 54 percent to 40 percent when the race was called in his favor at about 10 p.m.
“We’re very excited and very appreciative of the support we received in Craig, Moffat County and throughout the Third Congressional District,” Tipton said. “Obviously we had a positive message focused on energy, the economy and putting people back to work.”
Tipton is already looking forward to getting back to Washington, he said, and top on his to do list is addressing some of the obstacles presented by the remaining lame duck session of the 112th Congress, fiscal sequestration and a number of issues facing the U.S. military.
“We need to get House Republican and Democrat leaders, Senate Republican and Democrat leaders, and the President to sit down and get things done for the American people.”
Chad Obermiller, Pace’s campaign manager, said Pace was with his family Tuesday night and was unavailable for comment.
But Obermiller issued this statement to the Craig Daily Press by text message:
"Earlier tonight Sal called Congressman Tipton to congratulate him on his victory. It was a hard fought election and Sal is proud to have run a positive campaign that focused on finding solutions, not scoring political points.
"Sal is so proud to have the support of his family, his friends and countless Coloradans who shared his vision for change."
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