"He can never relax, because the context for him is so difficult. If there's a wave, it can swamp him," Monson said.
Matheson survived this election because of the strength he has built up with moderate Republicans. "Over the years, he hung on to enough of them to survive," Monson said.
But in this election cycle, Matheson, son of former Democratic Gov. Scott Matheson, also faced opposition from the more liberal wing of his own party when he didn't vote for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. For the first time since he was elected in 2000, Jim Matheson didn't escape a primary and was challenged by retired educator Claudia Wright, whom he handily defeated.
On Monday, The Cook Political Report had pegged the outcome of the Matheson-Philpot race as "likely Democrat." Later in the day, the political website changed its analysis to "lean Democrat" advantage.
As it turned out, it was an accurate projection of the outcome.
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