Jim Matheson claims victory over Mia Love in very close 4th District race


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  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:18 a.m.

    Better luck gerrymandering Matheson out of his congressional seat next time, Utah Legislature. You got real close this year, I'm sure you can creatively add just a bit more rural area to dilute the Democratic-leaning tendency of Utah's most populous county. About a third of this state is Democratic, and the Republican legislature wants to make sure that NONE of the 6 congressional seats can be held by a Democrat. It's wrong, it's unethical, it intentionally keeps national representation from 1/3 of the state's citizens. And they'll keep trying until they get it "right".

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:22 a.m.

    Congratulations to Matheson. He continues to amaze Utahns, especially Republicans by winning in heavy GOP districts. Perhaps, he really does appeal to a majority of voters, who honestly believe he puts Utah first.

  • md Cache, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    Boooo! He hasn't done anything good in his prior 6 terms, why does he deserve another? We need to get rid of career politicians.

  • Timothy Benton City, WA
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    Well, Mia can always join forces with Sarah in the whinefest that is sure to follow...Republicans,with the exception of Brother Romney,do not seem to lose or play well with others who do not share their extreme beliefs...I would suggest that they see the country as it is and not as their fantasies suggest...If they fail in this they are doomed to political irrelevance and exile which would make a whole lot of sensible people very happy...

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:38 a.m.

    Congrats, Jim Matheson. You've earned it and you deserved it.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    Salt Lake County seems to be going the way of the nation. How unfortunate.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Nov. 7, 2012 2:12 a.m.

    Mr Romboy wrote about "a seesaw battle all night long" between Matheson and Love. In fact the number of votes was the same at the close of polling stations as it was when counting was completed. The accidental order in which votes were counted, recorded and announced had nothing to do with the outcome. It is a cheap carnival trick to represent the way you chose to report on the count as if it was a dynamic, developing battle. Journalism shouldn't be the story here; it should take a position behind the story, not in the middle of it. There's no need for further hyping the circus atmosphere of elections by creating spectacle out of thin air.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:38 a.m.

    Utah must love career politicians. One more arrow in pelosi's quiver

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:40 a.m.

    Wow. I am so disappointed. Mia is so full of talent and promise. I hope she doesn't give up until she gets in national government.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:45 a.m.

    Utah likes to fancy itself as a conservative state, but keeps sending people to the legislature who champion illegal immigration and therefore more dependency and targeting us as a magnet state, and keeps sending Matheson to Washington even though it doesn't take a genius to figure out he's usually a Pelosi/Obama supporter. They also say they don't believe in career politicians, but keep sending the same people back for decades. Amazing.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:51 a.m.

    Congratultions to Representative Matheson. It is a great victory for the United States, and for the people of Utah.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:27 a.m.

    Looks like the polls were wrong! The only thing that would make me happier is if Hatch would have lost!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:47 a.m.

    This is the biggest stunner of the evening. If a Republican could not win a gerry mandered district with Mitt Romney at the head of the ticket when can they? Utahns really like Jim.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:18 a.m.

    Congratulations to Jim! Keep up the good work.

    Nov. 7, 2012 6:23 a.m.

    Utah is lucky to have ONE member of the same party as the President and Senate.

    Matheson won because many Salt Lake County Utah Republicans voted for a conservative Democrat and did not want Utah to be thought of nationally as one-party state.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Matheson is my choice to insure that Mike Lee will be a one term Senator. Mia Love is a nice lady and I Wish her the best. To bad she was so partisan. Matheson will represent Utah well. Mia Love would have put partisan politics first.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:40 a.m.


  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    I agree, Ute Alumni, after all they re-elected Hatch and Bishop and even Chafetz who, if Utah's voters are foolish enough, will be there forever.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:25 a.m.


    "Boooo! He hasn't done anything good in his prior 6 terms, why does he deserve another? We need to get rid of career politicians."

    Does that in include Representative Bishop (6th term), Jason Chaffetz (3rd term), Orrin Hatch (7th term) or do you only mean Democratic career politicians?

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Much of the Tea Party began it's journey back to Boston Harbor, where it will, eventually, settle at the bottom, never to be seen or heard from again.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    @md: Kind of like Orrin Hatch, right? Yet Utah elected him to a SEVENTH term. So much for getting rid of career politicians.

    Congratulations to Matheson! Great win.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    The chameleon won.

    He will return to Washington to cavort with his liberal pals and advance the Obama agenda, as he has all along, and he will return in another two years to tell us that he is really a conservative.

    Most of what is said about politicians is true.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    Jim will never be voted out because he is Mormon and he is the son of a beloved Governor taken too soon from life..

    Nov. 7, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    I did not know Jim Matheson is a Mormon - unlike Mitt Romney, Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, Jason Chaffetz, Rob Bishop, and most elected Mormons in Utah who link the elephant to the Mormon Church.

  • cstott Lehi, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    So is this more about the fight of counties?

    Nov. 7, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Those of you who don't like Matheson can pretend that you are still in Chaffetz's district while I pretend I'm still in Matheson's.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Back to the behind the scenes, closed-door, gerry-mandering of districts and voters rights, by cutting-and carving lines all over the map to bolster a political agenda!

    And Utahns whine and cry daily about "Chicago-style" politicing!
    Chicago pales in comparison to this ridiculousness!

    Stay classy Utah!
    Keep showing the world the High-road of political wholesomeness, cleanliness, and integrity!


    BTW -
    Congradulations Rep. Matheson!

  • George Bronx, NY
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    i keep hoping that at some point the far right will finish licking its wounds and realize that empty rhetoric is not getting them anywhere. If they hope to ever be relevant the conversation they are going to have to realize that people want common sense ideas and solutions not empty rhetoric. You don't have to become a democrat or even embrace democrat ideas just embrace some common sense.

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    Utah needs Jim Matheson. He represents the minority here who are otherwise completely disenfranchised from Utah politics. And best of all, it ticks off the Republican power base that dominates state government, and it keeps them a little bit humble, if that's even possible. Go Jim!

  • C Smith 4 Utah ,
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    If Mia hadn't had Mitt to campaign for her on all those robocalls I received she would have gotten beaten by a far wider margin. I never heard a single call with her voice, but I got one from Jim. He can stand on his own two feet, but she needed to lean on Mitt and it didn't work. We need people in Congress who can reach across the aisle, and Matheson can. He isn't a puppet for his party and does have Utah interests at heart. That's why he gets re-elected!

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    Nothing scares our nation more then a conservative and intelligent woman. Yep, lets just go with the career politician, because that's worked out oh so well with others (Bennet,and Hatch immediatley spring to mind)..

  • amanap Washington, ut
    Nov. 7, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    How dumb can Libertarians be? Keep taking away votes for a relevant candidate and we'll keep ending up with people very far from your views being elected instead of someone similar in your views.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Congratulations Jim Matheson! Thanks for being for Utah and for America.

  • Taylor Orem, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:36 p.m.

    Can't believe no one sees why Matheson pulled this one out--because of a libertarian candidate. Without Jim Vein, Mia likely would have won. See that we have no news of the libertarian candidate, or how he upset the race? Who is this Jim Vein? I could only find one place with any information on him, a Utah family issues magazine. He couldn't compose a sentence, although Mia didn't appear to have written hers, and Matheson didn't respond.

    The commercials I liked best were the ones with Obama speaking, and Matheson parroting exactly the same thing. Also, Matheson never had any references to his stances, although Mia Love publicity cited sources about Matheson voting for Obamacare, stimulus packages, etc. And why did we never have a televised debate in the evening between the 2? Only a minor debate during the day when most voters are working. Is this why Utah voters are disenfranchised? And note that every democrat in the district voted for Matheson, while the remainder of the district split their votes among the candidates. Interesting.

  • Jerome from Layton Layton, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 12:04 a.m.

    No mention of third party candidates in this race. Doing the math reveals about 6000 votes not included in the Love-Matheson totals. That difference is about 2-3 times the margin of the two candidates. Michael Medved attributed the loss to a "Losertarian" candidate.

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    HOw sad, so many fell for the dishonest liberal attack ads and voted to give Obama more power to push our Nation forward-down.... I'm embarrassed for Utah. We could have helped make a difference.