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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20 2012 4:50 p.m. MST

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Farmington, UT

Finally, we see the end of this campaign. I was so sick of hearing all the negative ads from both sides, paid for by private PACS, that I could spit. I couldn't watch a TV news show, or anything on TV for weeks without having that battle brewing and I don't live in that district.

Finally, we see the end of this campaign.
Finally, we see the end of this campaign.
Finally, we see the end of this campaign.
Finally, we see the end of this campaign.

slc, ut

Mt Matheson has shown he can win in gerrymandered districts. I would love to see him take on Mike Lee for senate. Mr. Lee has not been good for Utah. Mike Lee has a ton of baggage, it would be a fun race.

one old man
Ogden, UT

It has been reported in other media that GOP gerrymandering may have been at least partly responsible for Ms. Love's loss.

That is simply a hoot.

Making Sense
Herriman, UT

The outcome of this particular race demonstrates how messed up the "representation" really is. As an independent, I see the boundaries for the four districts in Utah as a farce to somehow pull the rug out from underneath Matheson. In all actuality, the tragedy of this race is that the people throughout the district outside of Salt Lake County are not duly represented. The district should've been primarily Salt Lake County with the other districts representing other areas of Utah. That way Salt Lake is represented by the Blue Dog Democrat and the remainder by Republicans which would reflect the political landscape. As with many things political, the constituents are the ones getting gerrymandered.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Congressional redistricting in this state was done with one aim in mind: To make sure that there was no district that Matheson could win. For that alone, I'm glad he pulled it off.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The election this year, including the UT-4 seat shows the ability of a well organized campaign to motivate and turn out their supporters, including, sadly, many "low information" voters who really don't know diddley-squat about issues or candidates, but believed the scare stories about how the Republicans would stop giving them "free stuff" if they did not show up to vote for Democrats.

It may be legal to have poorly informed people voting in large numbers, but it is probably the end of our nation as the home of freedom and prosperity.

Matheson was the beneficiary of this shift in voting numbers, but we, and our kids and country are the losers.

San Diego, CA

If you want to see gerrymandering at its worst, look at California.

Utah Observer
West Jordan, Utah

This is now the 7th straight election that Matheson has won against overwhelming odds and opposition. Do you think voters in Utah know something that GOP leaders don't? Maybe it's because he has proven himself to be a true representative "of the people, for the people, and by the people." If that wasn't the case, he wouldn't have gotten by the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and now seventh election. In fact, he and Senator Orrin Hatch have won the same amount of elections.

Salt Lake City, Utah

DN Subscriber,

The only thing that made this election close was the "low information" voters who either voted against Matheson because he had a "D" next to his name, or voted for Love because she had a "R" next to her name. Listening to the two candidates debate, it was clear had a grasp of the issues and who had no clue. Thank heavens there are more informed voters in the 4th district than "low information" voters.

Springville, Ut

Re: DN Subscriber,

You mean those "low information" voters who do nothing more than check the "R" on the straight party option? Yeah, they disappoint me too.


DN Subscriber: We who live in the 4th District are glad we have a Representative who will represent us.

And we had informed voters who considered the candidate qualifications and did not automatically vote for the "R" label.

South Jordan, UT

My remarks do not represent a political opinion. I have called the Matheson office in D.C. about which way he was going to vote on various bills. It was always, "He has not made up his mind!' That was true when Obamacare was ready for a vote. Matheson's office said up to the day of the vote was, "The Congressman has not made up his mind yet!" He did end up not voting for Obamacare when he got the green light from the Dems that his vote really didn't matter.

I simply do not trust the man. I wanted new blood, someone who would communicate with his constiuents and not continually put them off. Matheson is at Obama's beckon call. I wanted someone who reflected Utah's values. In my opinion Jim Matheson does not.

Also, I think Mike Lee is doing a superior job in D.C.

Clearfield, UT

It seems the candidate most closely aligned with the 4th Congressional District won. This doesn't mean that the Democratic Party necessarily won this seat outright as Rep. Matheson appears to be more of an independent aligned with the Democratic Party. Rep. Matheson is no liberal or national Democrat. Perhaps one might be able to describe Matheson as a Utah Democrat which label in and of itself would be a unique political hybrid of conservative, Mormon, independent, not beholden to the national Democratic Party nor President Obama and perhaps that's just the way most Utahns want it, though not necessarily what Democrats want, but neither as Republicans want it either.


It makes me sad because I wanted Mia to win. It would have been great to finally see a woman from Utah back there in Congress. It would have been even better to see a African American woman represent us here in Utah. I also feel that we need to have term limits and hopefully one day that will happen.


Elections matter, and if people don't think that their votes count, look at several of the close races this past election. Here in Florida, Allen West just lost his seat after a very suspicious "recount process". The Love/Matheson race is still "undecided". In a country that is clearly divided, the importance of casting your vote, and then insuring the integrity of the counting process are essential. When the integrity and reliability of the counting process are suspect, the very foundation of our freedoms and society are at stake. All votes should be tallied, and for any election official to offer any excuse is unacceptable. Those who vote need to have faith in the integrity of those who tally and record the results of all races, to accept less, is to accept the loss of our freedom......

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Now just why would a Democratic PAC encourage voters to vote for the independent candidate? Could it be because they knew only disenchanted Republicans would? In which case, who wins? I have no use for politicians, no matter there party.

Brigham City, UT

it's not how a person votes that is important, it's who counts the votes...

As a side note: BYU grammar - beckon call. All other universities grammar - beck and call.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Mia Love - Republican Right. Jim Matheson - Republican light. He may have won, and he may have been the better choice, but real dems had to hold their nose when they voted.

Centerfield Sanpete, UT

I am glad to be Jim Matheson won and he is in my District!

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

So when will the Mia Love crowd start complaining about voter fraud and "gifts" given by Jim Matheson?

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