Matheson skips convention to shake hands in Utah; aims to hold off challenge from Mia Love
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By Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News
Published: Thursday, Sept. 6 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT
Don't bother asking Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, whether he liked President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. Matheson has always ignored his party’s national conventions, and this year, when he faces what might be his toughest-ever challenge from Republican rising star Mia Love, is no exception.
“When he's facing an electorate that's overwhelmingly Republican, I think he's wise not to identify himself too closely with his own party.”
Quin Monson, BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy
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