State Sen. Luz Robles challenging GOP Congressman Chris Stewart

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 7:57 p.m. MDT

Still, the state Republican leader wouldn't rule out a GOP challenger for Stewart. "Look, we're the Republican Party," Evans said. "There are always challenges. It's just a given."

Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Stewart "has done a good job at being a solid member of Congress without giving people any reason to vote against him."

Jowers said even though Robles faces "an incredibly tough, uphill fight," he couldn't imagine a better Democratic candidate.

"She is not a sacrificial lamb and I think the race will be far more interesting than Republicans want," he said, especially if she is able to meet her fundraising goal of $1 million.

"I think that would be a jaw-dropping total for her and it would certainly make the race that much more competitive. I think if she raises a half million dollars, it makes her a very credible candidate."

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