MONTROSE – Republicans Don Coram and Scott Tipton toured several towns in western Colorado on election night, celebrating their respective wins. Coram won the State House District 58 race, which Tipton vacated in order to enter the 3rd Congressional District race, which he also won.
In Montrose County, early returns showed that Coram received 8,384 votes, or 70.76 percent, of votes cast, to 3,878 votes, or 29.24 percent, for Democrat Wes Perrin. Tipton beat incumbent John Salazar with 62.7 percent of the Montrose County vote while Salazar received 31.55 percent, according to the Montrose County Elections office.
After early returns from Montrose County began trickling in, Coram said he also had winning preliminary results from other counties in the district, which also includes Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores and parts of Delta and Montezuma.
“I just called Montezuma, where we’re closing in on 70 percent, and we have 67 percent in Delta,” Coram said.
The Coram/Tipton Election Day tour stopped in Ouray and Ridgway before reaching the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose around 9 p.m. Tuesday night, celebrating with supporters at each stop.
Coram said it had been a good campaign.
“I think we worked hard and we talked to a lot of people and took nothing for granted,” he said. “We did it the old-fashioned way. We worked for it.”
After meeting with supporters in Montrose, Coram headed to Grand Junction on Wednesday morning and then on to Denver for orientation Thursday morning. He and other members of the state legislature will take office on Jan. 12, he said, and he already knows what will head up his agenda.
“Topic number one is jobs,” he said.
Voter turnout was high, especially for mail-in ballots, which came in at 84 percent, said Montrose County Clerk Fran Tipton-Long. Long said she saw early results of a 63 percent total turnout of active voters, meaning people who usually vote in every election.
“It was an incredible turnout,” she said.
The race between Coram and Perrin was the only contested race on the Montrose County ballot. Elected unopposed to another term in Montrose County were Coroner Thomas Canfield, District 2 County Commissioner Gary Ellis, Clerk and Recorder Fran Tipton-Long, Treasurer Rosemary Murphy, Assessor Brad Hughes, and Sheriff Rick Dunlap.