Tipton easily wins GOP primary

DENVER – Rep. Scott Tipton handily defeated peach farmer Dave Cox in the 3rd District, which runs from Pueblo to the Western Slope.

In Montezuma County, Tipton won 73.27 percent, or 2,774 votes. Cox won 26.73 percent, or 1,012 votes.

Republicans selected Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck on Tuesday to be their nominee for congress in a district representing the eastern third of the state, making it highly likely he will go to Washington, D.C., to replace Rep. Cory Gardner.

The race for Gardner’s seat, which the incumbent vacated to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, was one of three Republican congressional primaries Tuesday. The most competitive was in the Colorado Springs-centered 5th Congressional District, where Rep. Doug Lamborn was about 3,000 votes ahead of his challenger, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn, with 60 percent of precincts reporting.

The state’s three Democratic congressional representatives did not face primaries. Nor did Aurora Rep. Mike Coffman, the lone Republican who has a serious general election challenge, from former Colorado House speaker Andrew Romanoff.