Four years ago, Congressman John Salazar buried Scott Tipton by a large margin in his bid for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. But it's not 2006 anymore, and in 2010 John Salazar had the cards stacked against him.
Tuesday, Republican Scott Tipton defeated three-term congressman John Salazar by several thousand votes in what was expected to be a close race.
During the campaign Salazar was attacked for being on the house appropriations committee and supporting not only the Stimulus Bill, but Health Care Reform as well. He was presented as a yes-man to Nancy Pelosi in political ads.
Salazar, meanwhile, fired back at Tipton's support of a "Fair-Tax" that would get rid of the IRS and put in place a 23 percent national sales tax.
Now with Salazar on the way out, and Tipton on the way in, here's a look at how Tipton feels about some issues he may face as a member of Congress.
When asked what federal project he would cut, Tipton indicated his support for repealing parts of the Health Care Reform Bill.
When asked if he would promise not to ask for earmarks in Washington, Tipton says, he was the first one to pledge not to ask for earmarks.
When asked if the U.S. should normalize relations with Cuba, Tipton said, he would support that.
When asked how he felt about the Federal Farm Subsidy Program, Tipton says he is for "looking at it" to see if things can't be fixed to prevent abuse.
When asked if the U.S. should privatize the postal service, Tipton says, he would support looking at the possibility of doing so.
Even though Tipton will join the Republicans as part of the majority in the House of Representatives, it's difficult to say if he and the Republican Party will be able to make much headway because of the lack of a majority in the Senate. But time will tell.