Tipton wins third term in state’s largest district
GRAND JUNCTION — Republican Rep. Scott Tipton has won a third term in Colorado’s largest congressional district, which includes the western part of Eagle County.
Tipton defeated Democratic challenger Abel Tapia of Pueblo in the 3rd District.
The district is the size of Arkansas and covers the western and southern portions of Colorado. It historically is one of the state’s most competitive districts because of its nearly equal shares of Republican, Democratic and unaffiliated voters.
Tipton was first elected in 2010, when he defeated Democrat John Salazar, who is now Colorado’s agriculture commissioner.
Earlier this year, Tipton backed a bill that would prevent the Gunnison sage grouse from being protected under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years.