Lamborn barely beats Rayburn in CD-5; Tipton coasts in CD-3

Incumbent Congressmen Scott Tipton, R-Grand Junction, and Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, appear likely to stave off primary challenges on Tuesday night

Incumbent Congressmen Scott Tipton, R-Grand Junction, and Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, appear likely to stave off primary challenges on Tuesday night

DENVER — Both incumbent Republican Colorado congressmen facing primaries Tuesday survived, although one of them probably lost a few fingernails in the process.

In the state’s third congressional district, Rep. Scott Tipton crushed challenger David Cox, who ran as a more conservative alternative to the incumbent, by a three-to-one margin.

But in Colorado Springs, Rep. Doug Lamborn was in a dogfight with retired Air Force Gen. Bentley Rayburn.

With nearly 60,000 votes counted late Tuesday night, Lamborn was finally inching toward victory with 52 percent of the vote to Rayburn’s 48 percent — that’s closer than many anticpiated, but enough for the incumbent to survive.

Rayburn challenged Lamborn from the left, an interesting tack in the state’s most conservative congressional district.

But Lamborn, whose face three primaries in four election efforts, isn’t widely popular within the El Paso County GOP.

Lamborn spent primary election night with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, an anti-establishment Tea Party icon, in Washington, DC.

In the general election, Lamborn or Rayburn will face another retired Air Force general, Democrat Irv Halter, while Tipton will be challenged by former state Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo.