|Mayor Mia Love|
Stunning Political Development!!!
Utah's only Dem Rep. Jim Matheson unexpectedly calls it quits... Opens the door
for almost-certain win by Republican Mia Love
By Eric Dondero:
From The Libertarian Republican
She lost by only less than 800 votes in 2012. (Scattered allegations of ballot stuffing by Democrats in some precincts.) The two-term Mayor of Saratoga Springs announced months ago, she'd be seeking a rematch, in what promised to be one of the most watched congressional races in the country. Punsters rated it as a complete "toss-up."
And now this, from NewsMax,
Matheson's Retirement Gives Mia Love's Campaign Edge
Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson unexpectedly bowed out Tuesday from another run for the House, a decision that gives rising Republican star Mia Love an edge in the 2014 race. "I just never saw me doing this all my life," Matheson told the Salt Lake Tribune Tuesday.
"I always thought there would be other chapters in what I do in my public service career and this just seemed the right time to move on to the next opportunity."
Love, a Saratoga Springs mayor who rose to prominence with a prime speaking role at the 2012 Republican National Convention, was gearing up for a competitive rematch against the seven-term incumbent, the state's only Democratic congressman.
Additionally: The 53-year-old Matheson, son of former Utah Gov. Scott Matheson, first ran for Congress in 1999 and has held onto the seat for seven terms in a largely red state.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, tweeted that Matheson's announcement Tuesday was a political game changer.
Larry Sabato @LarrySabato Follow RT @kkondik: CRYSTAL BALL RATINGS CHANGE: UT-4 moves from Leans Democratic to LIKELY REPUBLICAN after Rep. Jim Matheson (D) retires
If dour, perennially skeptic Larry Sabato declares Mia Love all but a newly-elected United States Congresswoman, you can pretty much take it to the bank.
|2012||Jim Matheson||119,803||48.8%||Mia Love||119,035||48.5%||Jim L. Vein||Libertarian||6,439||2.6%|
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