ELN: Salazar eases to victory, will serve third term

Wolf not ready to concede, but numbers tell story

JOHN SALAZAR, SECOND FROM RIGHT, won re-election to the U.S. House from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. He celebrated his win at the Mesa Theater and Club in Grand Junction. He is shown here with his brother, Elliott, left, his sister-in-law, Pam, and Elliott’s son, Elliott Jr., right.

WAYNE WOLF GRINS as Mesa County election returns show him leading John Salazar in the county.

Democratic Congressman John Salazar coasted to his third victory at the polls, beating Republican Delta resident Wayne Wolf with more than 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results.

Salazar, who celebrated his victory in Grand Junction, said he was pleased the voters of the 3rd Congressional District, which covers most of western and southern Colorado, have sent him back to Washington for a third term.

“We want to break the 50 percent mark in Mesa County,” he said.

As of late Tuesday night, Salazar had not netted a majority of local votes but did top 45 percent.

With 71 percent of the total vote counted, Salazar was ahead 61 percent to 39.

Since his first election in 2004, Salazar has consolidated his hold over the once reliably Republican congressional district, drawing more than 60 percent of the vote in 2006 and this year.

Wolf, who also spent Election Day in Grand Junction, declined to concede defeat, saying there still are votes from rural counties to be counted.

He said he was nonetheless pleased with the results in Mesa County.


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