Nelson Harvey
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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November 7, 2012
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Tipton keeps House seat, defeats Pace in 3rd District

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Republican Scott Tipton, who for the last four years has represented Colorado's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, will have four more years to do the same.

On election day, Tipton turned back his Democratic challenger, Sal Pace, despite the support that Pace received from the national Democratic Party.

At press time, with 78 percent of precincts in the district reporting, Tipton had won 156,772 votes, or 54 percent of all votes cast. Pace, by contrast, earned 120,697 votes, 41 percent of the total.

"It's truly humbling to have earned the trust of voters across Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, and I'm honored to be able to continue to represent the issues and values important to the people of this district," said Tipton in a written statement released late on election night.

The third district, which includes Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties, is Colorado's most rural district. The race between Pace and Tipton had been considered one of the most competitive in Colorado, and was heavily influenced by donations from out-of-state groups.

According to USA Today, Tipton received help in the form of a $1.5 million ad-buy from the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, while Pace got donations of $281,674 from the Service Employees International Union and $423,167 from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In his election night press release, Tipton said he would focus on jump-starting the economy in his second term.

"We have a lot of opportunities and I'm optimistic that we will be able to bring about real results for the 3rd District," he said.

Pace himself could not be reached for comment, but campaign staffer James Dakin said the candidate had already called Rep. Tipton to congratulate him.

"It was a hard-fought election and Sal is proud to have run a positive campaign that focused on finding solutions, not on scoring political points," Dakin said.

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