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

November 4 Election Winner:
Scott Tipton Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Scott Tipton Republican Party
Scott Tipton.JPG

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

Primary: Colorado's primary system is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[3]

Voter registration: Pending

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.[4]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.General election candidates

Republican Party Scott Tipton Green check mark transparent.png
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


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[5] 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.[6] Scott Tipton voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[7]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[8] 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.[9]

Campaign contributions

Scott Tipton

Scott Tipton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2013$136,546.31$134,162.65$(59,509.85)$211,199.11
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$211,199.11$232,402.00$(47,985.24)$395,615.87
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$395,615.87$158,997.00$(72,382.37)$482,230.50
Year-End[13]January 16, 2014$482,230$132,947$(53,770)$560,807
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$560,807$201,433$(49,169)$713,071
Pre-Primary[15]June 12, 2014$713,071$67,052$(60,330)$719,793
July Quarterly[16]July 16, 2014$719,793$122,399$(59,540)$782,652
October Quarterly[17]October 16, 2014$782,652$177,927$(576,906)$383,672
Running totals

District history


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.[18]

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 November 2011 Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 23, 2012
  5. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  6. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  9. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013