Denver Colorado voters returned U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Democrat, to the nation's capitol for a third term by a 2-1 ratio against opponent Wayne Wolf.
Salazar had appeared to be in a close race early in the evening with Wolf, a Delta County commissioner, but his lead widened as votes from the San Luis Valley were counted.
The district covers much of the West Slope and the San Luis Valley, plus Pueblo and adjoining counties. Republicans hold a plurality in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, which includes Routt County.
Routt County voters supported Salazar by greater than the 2-1 overall margin.
Salazar, a San Luis Valley potato farmer, takes a moderate approach to issues that fits his rural constituency. He is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.
Salazar has been active on agricultural issues in Congress. Recently, Salazar voted against the bailout of Wall Street firms. He argued that pet projects added to the bill were "irresponsible."
Wolf is a Cedaredge rancher. He has been a county commissioner for seven years.
Wolf said that he would be good at bringing together the different interests in West Slope politics, such as ranchers and environmentalists.