Tipton, Pace Battling In Colorado’s Largest District

November 1, 2012 5:26 PM

Tipton, Pace Battling In Colorado’s Largest District
" PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — It’s crunch time in Colorado’s largest, and mostly rural, congressional district where campaigns have gotten help from outside spending in what’s considered one of the state’s most competitive seats.

Supporters of freshman Republican Rep. Scott Tipton are working hard to paint Democratic challenger Sal Pace as a tax-raiser, and they’re getting a good bit of help in the form of $1.5 million from a big conservative spending group.

The investment appears to be paying dividends in the 3rd Congressional District, from the way Tipton spoke to volunteers at a Pueblo Republican office Saturday morning.

“We have done our polling, we look good,” Tipton, 55, told dozens of cheering volunteers. He wouldn’t elaborate on the numbers but said, “We’re in position that we should win this race.”

Pace, the Democrats’ former leader in the state House, said victory is in reach for him, too. He’s criticized the deep-pocketed, out-of-state interest groups rallying to the GOP incumbent but also says it’s a sign Republicans are worried about Tipton. Americans for Tax Reform, led by conservative anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, dropped a $1.5 million television ad buy in October — the largest in the race so far "

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