Colorado's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Colorado's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Scott Tipton Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Colorado will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Scott Tipton (R) defeated David Cox in the Republican primary. Tipton will face Abel Tapia (D) in the general election. He is expected to easily win re-election due to name recognition and a massive fundraising advantage.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Colorado is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[3]

Voter registration: Voters can register to vote in the primary by either June 2 (by mail, at a voter registration agency, voter registration drive or DMV), June 16 (online) or on election day (in-person at a voter service polling center). For the general election, voters can register November 4, 2014, through election day.[4]

See also: Colorado elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Scott Tipton (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 3rd District is located in western and southern Colorado and includes Pueblo, Custer, Costilla, Rio Grande, Conejos, Archulets, Mineral, Saguache, Alamosa, Huerfrano, La Plata, Montezuma, Delores, San Miguel, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, Hinsdale, Gunalson, Delta, Mesa, Pitkin, Lake, Eagle, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Moffard counties.[5]


General election candidates

Republican Party Scott Tipton
Democratic Party Abel Tapia
Libertarian Party Travis Mero
Independent Tisha Casida

June 24, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Democratic Party Liane (Buffie) McFadyen

Primary results

U.S. House, Colorado District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Tipton Incumbent 74.5% 46,177
David Cox 25.5% 15,773
Total Votes 61,950
Source: Colorado Secretary of State

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[6] Tipton joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[7][8]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[9] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[10] Scott Tipton voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Scott Tipton voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Scott Tipton

Scott Tipton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$136,546.31$134,162.65$(59,509.85)$211,199.11
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$211,199.11$232,402.00$(47,985.24)$395,615.87
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$395,615.87$158,997.00$(72,382.37)$482,230.50
Year-End[17]January 16, 2014$482,230$132,947$(53,770)$560,807
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$560,807$201,433$(49,169)$713,071
Pre-Primary[19]June 12, 2014$713,071$67,052$(60,330)$719,793
July Quarterly[20]July 16, 2014$719,793$122,399$(59,540)$782,652
Running totals

Abel Tapia

Abel Tapia (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$0$39,644$(246)$39,397
Pre-Primary[22]June 12, 2014$39,397$67,264$(32,683)$73,978
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$73,978$34,996$(16,804)$92,170
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Scott Tipton (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Sal Pace, Gregory Gilman, Tisha Casida, Morgan West and Jaime McMillan in the general election.

U.S. House, Colorado District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Sal Pace 41.1% 142,619
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Tipton Incumbent 53.4% 185,291
     Libertarian Gregory Gilman 2.4% 8,212
     Independent Tisha Casida 3.2% 11,125
Total Votes 347,247
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Scott Tipton won election to the United States House. He defeated incumbent John Salazar (D), Gregory Gilman (L), Jake Segrest (Unaffiliated), John Hargis Sr. (Write-in) and James Fritz (Write-in) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Colorado District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Tipton 50.1% 129,257
     Democratic John Salazar incumbent 45.8% 118,048
     Libertarian Gregory Gilman 2.2% 5,678
     Unaffiliated Jake Segrest 1.9% 4,982
     Write-in John Hargis Sr. 0% 23
     Write-in James Fritz 0% 11
Total Votes 257,999

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Colorado Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQs," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Colorado November 2011 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  6. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  7. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  8. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Abel Tapia April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Abel Tapia Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Abel Tapia July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013