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Re-Running: Democrats see their time is 2020 in the 3rd Congressional

In 2018, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) defeated Diane Mitsch Bush (D). This year Mitsch and State Representative Donald Valdez (D-La Jara) (Chancey Bush/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP)

Democrats in the Third Congressional District are hoping they can capture remaining momentum from 2018’s “blue wave” and flip the seat held by Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in 2020. Their work is starting early.

Diane Mitsch Bush, the former Democratic state lawmaker who challenged Congressman Tipton in 2018, thinks she has a better chance at winning the seat this time. Likewise, La Jara state Rep. Donald Valdez, announced he’s seeking the party nomination to run against Tipton.

National Democrats think there’s a chance at flipping the seat too.

Mitsch Bush lost in 2018 by eight points. Across the district, she took 43 percent of the vote while Tipton took 51 percent. In Pueblo County, Tipton beat Mitsch Bush by two points.

But Mitsch Bush is hoping this time will be different. 

“There are a couple of reasons why,” she said from her current campaign headquarters in Steamboat Springs. 

A two-term Routt County Commissioner and a three-term member of the State House, Mitsch Bush, like in 2018, said she believes she understands the issues that are unique to the Third Congressional District, which spans 29 countries and stretches from the Colorado-Wyoming border down to the Four Corners and over to Pueblo.

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