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Election: Tipton wins 3rd term in state’s largest district

Associated Press

FILE -- This 2012 photograph provided by the Tipton campaign, Scott Tipton poses for a photo. In the 3rd District GOP primary which runs from Pueblo to the western slope, sophomore Rep. Scott Tipton is being challenged by peach farmer David Cox who is mounting a long-shot challenge to (AP Photo)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Republican Rep. Scott Tipton has won a third term in Colorado's largest congressional district.

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.

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