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Jim Matheson just barely defeats Mia Love in Utah

posted at 2:01 pm on November 7, 2012 by

She fought hard and gained a lot of ground over the course of the race, but in the end, it wasn’t quite enough — this one really gets me. Via the Deseret News:

Rep. Jim Matheson escaped with his political life once again Tuesday to earn a seventh term in Congress.

The Democratic congressman claimed victory shortly after midnight in a hard-fought victory over Republican Mia Love after trailing in the polls going into Election Day. In so doing, he becomes the first representative from Utah’s new 4th Congressional District.

After a seesaw battle all night long, Matheson bested Love 49.3 percent to 48.1 percent, a 2,818-vote gap, according to unofficial results. …

In winning another term, Matheson held on to his position as the state’s lone Democrat in Congress.

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I thought this would be the one bright spot in this collapse of the GOP election.

Ms Love, please try again. We need people like you who are fiscally conservative, and willing to fight.

portlandon on November 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

That was one sad news about Mia! She would have been a great asset for us in dc!

On this issue, it seems West will request a recount!

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/this-race-is-far-from-decided-allen-west-wants-a-recount/
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letget on November 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I think this bothered me the most. She is the embodiment of the American dream, she should have won.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

:(

cmsinaz on November 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I don’t get it. She was ahead by quite a bit.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 2:21 PM

letget on November 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He’s delaying the inevitable.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Well, don’t look at me, I voted for her :(

JPeterman on November 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

He’s delaying the inevitable.

Well West will NEVER know if he doesn’t try? If he has the money to have a recount, then me thinks West wants the true/or not count?
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letget on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

What? I thought I read on here the other day that she was up by 9 points in polling?

cep on November 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

It’s not ever over. Don’t give up or quit on those like Ms. Love, who we think really are the best we have to offer and would make great leaders for the country. Keep on finding these people wherever they show up. We can’t give up now just because of this set back.

Kissmygrits on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I don’t get it. She was ahead by quite a bit.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Mason-Dixon gave Love a 12 point lead.
Matheson the same day said his internal pollster gave him a 2 point lead.

I guess Matheson had a better pollster than Mason-Dixon.

AngusMc on November 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

letget on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

No, what’s going to happen is that he loses and he looks like a sore loser.

West is a man of integrity, but he’s not showing it.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I thought this was in the bag for her as well???

More than likely she will be back in an off year rematch in 2014 where the electorate should be more favorable to her.

Daemonocracy on November 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The other Utah races were 72/25, 62/34, and 76/24. The redistricters must be oh so proud of themselves right now.

theperfecteconomist on November 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Baffling. The polls were either right on the money or biased in favor of Republicans. Not sure the last time that’s happened.

LukeinNE on November 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I hope she gives it another shot in 2014. Col. West lost his first bid in 2008 before coming back and winning 2 years later. 2014 will be a good year for the GOP in Congressional races if Obama’s first midterms were any indication.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Mia Love loses, and Florida sends Alan Grayson back… Oy vey.

Enoxo on November 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Mia Love’s loss is Utah’s shame. She should have won this with little problem. Utah, you failed and you owe us.

princetrumpet on November 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Love should run again in 2014. That will be a landslide win.

It’s clear that a different demographic shows up when the Unicorn Prince is actually on the ticket during this Golden Age.

HitNRun on November 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Let’s face it, yesterday was catastrophic for the GOP. I’m still numb…there’s really nothing to hang our hat on. We’ll even lose the two governorships that SOME thought we’d take.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

What a sad surprise. Best of everything to her and her family.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I thought this would be the one bright spot in this collapse of the GOP election.

Ms Love, please try again. We need people like you who are fiscally conservative, and willing to fight.

portlandon on November 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I was both surprised and saddened to hear of Ms Love’s election night loss. I was hoping Ms. Love would win.

Last night, was a liberal Democrat national wave. Even in “conservative” North Dakota, the majority picked a Democrat for the US Senate seat.

ColtsFan on November 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I hope she gives it another shot in 2014. Col. West lost his first bid in 2008 before coming back and winning 2 years later. 2014 will be a good year for the GOP in Congressional races if Obama’s first midterms were any indication.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I too hope Ms Love tries a second time. We need people like her!!

But I am skeptical about conservative’s chances in 2014.

Today, we still have the economy doing terrible, unemployment rate a lot higher than it was when Obama took office, Benghazi (Watergate), incompetence at all levels …………………yet Obama won a huge victory, and the liberal, Statist Democrat party actually gained seats….

The electorate has changed. The American people want this.

Second look at British “Conservatism”?

ColtsFan on November 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Extraordinary. The only folks I know from Utah steer well to the right of Palin.

It’d be interesting to discover how this went down.

CorporatePiggy on November 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

i’m really confused about this. i thought she was up by several points in the polls.

how did this happen? this is really strange to me.

On this issue, it seems West will request a recount!

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/this-race-is-far-from-decided-allen-west-wants-a-recount/
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letget on November 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

yeah i heard that too! clinging to that hope…

No, what’s going to happen is that he loses and he looks like a sore loser.

West is a man of integrity, but he’s not showing it.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

what’s wrong with demanding a recount when the margin is very slim? it’s perfectly understandable that he wants a recount. if it were a wide margin he’d look like a sore loser. but, the race was so tight. and honestly i’m worried about voter fraud…

Sachiko on November 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

You know the Democrats are racist for voting for a white male over Mia Love. Just saying.

WillieD on November 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

yet Obama won a huge victory, and the liberal, Statist Democrat party actually gained seats….

ColtsFan on November 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Let’s not go crazy. He won by 2 points. The electoral college looks like a wipeout because it’s designed to produce a big winner. But FL was a tie, OH was 2 points, VA 3 points. Any of those plus one of the slew of states within 5-6, some of them solid blue, would change the result.

HitNRun on November 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

The electoral college looks like a wipeout

Looks?

LOL

inklake on November 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Mia should demand a recount, and keep them recounting until she wins. It’s what the Democrats would do…….

TKindred on November 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

She lost because of the Libertarian vote. This is an area with a lot of Ron Paul Republicans who shifted Libertarian after the primary. She ended up losing by less than 3K votes and the Libertarian took nearly 6K votes. Pretty sad really when you look at the Libertarian candidate’s bio in the local paper. I am certainly not the grammar police but if you are running for office you should probably learn the correct way to use the letter i when referring to yourself.

oldschoolconservative on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I tried to submit a link with that but no go. Here we go again. http://www.heraldextra.com/elections/candidate_2580b558-1788-11e2-9241-001a4bcf887a.html

oldschoolconservative on November 7, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Looks?

LOL

inklake on November 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Read the sentence again, slowly.

Obama won by 2%. He won the states that put him over the top by 0-3%. The EC is designed to turn that into decisive win, and did so. But 2% is not a bleak chasm of unconquerable despair for the GOP. Obama could have farted loudly in a debate and blew that margin.

HitNRun on November 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Last night, was a liberal Democrat national wave. Even in “conservative” North Dakota, the majority picked a Democrat for the US Senate seat.

ColtsFan on November 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

They better be careful other wise they will screw up the one economically good thing they gots going for them there.

watertown on November 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Mia Love loses, and Florida sends Alan Grayson back…

This country is dead to me.

Seriously, they are beyond help. No more of this exercise in masochism of following politics in this (literally, and no I’m not exaggerating) God-forsaken country.

Polynath on November 8, 2012 at 7:33 AM

I didn’t send a donation to Mia after I read she had a 11 point lead.

texasgoat on November 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Related, only in the sense of a black Repub running against a white Dem, Vernon Parker’s race in AZ is still being counted, but last I checked he was behind.

Do we get to call the Dems racist for voting against West, Love and Parker? I say yes if we were to follow the Dems’ standard for what constitutes racism.

juliesa on November 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Somebody give Mia a job in the Party helping figure out how not to get whooped next time…Then run again Mia…we need ya!

camaraderie on November 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

West is a man of integrity, but he’s not showing it.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

You are confused. West supported Pigford, signed the NDAA, and voted for every budget recon. People need to take the white guilt off their collective shoulders and get the facts. Don’t vote for someone because it ‘feels good.’

Mr. Arrogant on November 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The problem is people like my brother-in-law, who lives in Mia’s district, is about as conservative a Republican as they come and who voted for Matheson “because he’s a *good* man!” (emphasis as he said it to me)

When I pointed out that Matheson votes party-line nearly 90% of the time, despite his protestations that he considers “every issue” and how he was always for Obamacare until it had enough votes that he could vote against it safely and how he’s voted to fund it 11 or 13 times since it was passed and thus is the very definition of a hypocrite and therefore also by definition a *bad* man who’s only well-thought of due to his daddy having been governor in the past, he nodded thoughfully, but was obviously unconvinced.

Sad.

Magson on November 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Mia Love.

Just more blog hype that turned out to be nothin’.

Moesart on November 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM