Matheson edges Love in close race

Nov 7 2012 - 10:07am

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Republican congressional candidate Mia Love concedes to Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Chris Detrick)
Republican congressional candidate Mia Love and her husband Jason walk off after conceding to Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Republican congressional candidate Mia Love receives a kiss from her husband Jason after conceding to Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson makes remarks during the democrat's election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)
Rep. Jim Matheson gives a speech after defeating Mia Love and being reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the Democrat's election night party at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Kim Raff)
Republican congressional candidate Mia Love concedes to Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Chris Detrick)
Republican congressional candidate Mia Love and her husband Jason walk off after conceding to Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Republican congressional candidate Mia Love receives a kiss from her husband Jason after conceding to Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah congressional incumbent Jim Matheson makes remarks during the democrat's election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)
Rep. Jim Matheson gives a speech after defeating Mia Love and being reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the Democrat's election night party at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 6, 2012. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Kim Raff)

 

SALT LAKE CITY -- A small town mayor aimed to make history Tuesday by attempting to unseat the state's only Democratic representative in Washington in the highest profile of Utah's four congressional races.

However, she came up about 3,000 votes short.

Republicans easily beat their Democratic opponents in the state's three other districts, while six-term Democrat Jim Matheson fought off a stiff challenge from Republican Mia Love to represent Utah's newly created District 4. 

The 36-year-old Saratoga Springs mayor has seen boosts in recent polls, buoyed by her prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention and endorsements and fundraising help from Ann Romney, GOP Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Matheson, 52, took a chance at running in the new, more urban district, rather than his sprawling, remapped District 2 that covers most of southwest Utah, and his political career is on the line.

Love, a Mormon and the daughter of Haitian immigrants, would have become the nation's first black GOP woman in Congress. The married mother of three made fiscal discipline and personal responsibility hallmarks of her campaign, painting Matheson as part of the Washington problem and a loyalist of President Barack Obama.

Matheson, a fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" Democrat, has voted against health care reform, but for the federal stimulus bill. He seized on Love's inexperience, ridiculing a long list she floated of federal programs to slash, including federal college aid.

 

 

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