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Tipton cruises past McConnell in 3rd congressional district

Scott Tipton cruised past Bob McConnell in the Republican 3rd Congressional District primary Tuesday night.

State Rep. Tipton, a Cortez Republican, will now face Democrat John Salazar, who has held he seat since 2005. Salazar defeated Tipton in the 2006 race.

Tipton held a 55 to 45 percent lead late Tuesday night, with the final numbers not available at press time.

Tipton held off a strong campaign from McConnell, a former Army Ranger who now lives in Steamboat Springs. McConnell is a Vietnam veteran and former Army lawyer, but was a virtual unknown when he entered the race. With the support of conservative Tea Party activists, plus a high-profile endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he was a worthy challenger to Tipton.

Tipton, a longtime owner of a Cortez pottery company, has served as the state representative for House District 58 since 2008.

The 3rd Congressional District boundaries include most of the Western Slope and most of the southern parts of the state, including the city of Pueblo.

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