U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton will serve a second consecutive term in Congress after his election night victory over Colorado state legislator Sal Pace.
With 99 percent of the vote in, Tipton received 54 percent of the vote to Pace's 41 percent. Tipton was declared the winner around 8:30 p.m. and formally acknowledged the victory an hour later before a supportive Republican crowd at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction.
Tipton, a Cortez native who was first elected to Congress in 2010, said he worked harder campaigning for office this time. He hopes to help reduce unemployment and improve the economy. Tiptos said he's concerned about an unemployment rate around 20 percent in the Grand Junction and Pueblo areas.
When asked about fellow Republican Mitt Romney losing the presidential race to incumbent Barack Obama, Tipton scolded not the President but the U.S. Senate for continuously blocking legislation supported by Obama.
"(Bills) are now sitting in the Senate waiting for action," said Tipton. "So we hope the President will call on the Senate to schedule those for debate. You can amend them. You can adjust those bills. Let's let the process really work."
Tipton said he's hopeful that both houses of Congress will be more willing to cooperate with the President and find solutions to problems than they did in the last term.
Tipton represents Colorado's Third Congressional District that was redrawn. He gained notice starting a pottery business and describes himself as a supporter of the business community.
The new district is the state's largest geographically, covering southern Colorado and the Western Slope up to the Wyoming state line.
Tipton celebrates his 56th birthday on Friday.
Pace, 35, is serving his second term in the Colorado Legislature.