Jim Matheson dodges GOP machine in win over Mia Love

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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:09 p.m.

    re: Henry Drummond 11:45 a.m. Nov. 8, 2012

    Impressive win. "I really didn't think Matheson could dodge the Romney tidal wave."

    Surfs up? Not!

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    per UtahBlueDevil

    "How in the world did the Tea Party loose their way in a state like Utah?"

    Common sense prevailed!? In Utah!? Is the apocalypse coming?

    per LDS Liberal

    "Aren't we all glad Mia Love lost?"

    Yes. Can you imagine having Mia, Chaffetz, Lee, & Orrin all part of the Utah delegation? The state is already in danger of falling off the right side of the globe.

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    With over 40,000 yet to counted mail-in and provisional ballots in Salt Lake County alone, this race is not over yet. Add to that the number in Utah and Juab County, and the 2,800 difference could possible be eliminated. Mia Love could still be the Representative for the 4th District. We won't know for about 10 more days.

    And this goes for any other close race, the mail-in ballots need to be counted, the provisional ballots counted or eliminated, and the final canvassing needs to be done with the County Council approving the canvassing. 40,000 ballots can tip a number of these campaigns.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    The Skeptical Chymist:
    [Jim Matheson is pretty much a Democrat in name only.]

    Which is why I, and many other Republicans, voted for him. The Republican Part in Utah is anachronistic and not even really conservative. Their politics are based on some "Good Old Days" that never existed and many of them here are still part of the John Birch Society, Eagle Forum, or Tea Party variants.

    I voted almost straight Democrat for all the local races, other than Romney and Hatch, but its really the only choice, otherwise they'll make even more bizarre liquor laws and try and bleed our natural resources for a quick gains.

    We don't need anymore Mike Lees to make people think Utah is any weirder than it is.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 8, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    Impressive win. I really didn't think Matheson could dodge the Romney tidal wave.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 10:30 a.m.

    Aren't we all glad Mia Love lost?

    Her only campaign promise was that Mitt Romney needed her in congress to rubber stamp his agenda.
    She stood on her own for NOTHING else.

    Jim Matheson - as a blue dog Democrat - was more Utah Republican than Washington Democrat proving he rubber stamps nothing, is fully capable of thinking for himself, and represents most if not ALL of his constituants.

    We donged a bullet.

    The Utah State REPUBLICAN legislators who gerrymandered these elections looked stupid in the national lime-light and should be ashamed of themselves for the black-eye embarassment they gave Utah as a supposed state of superior morals and Higher Ethics!

    Chicago doesn't hold a candle to what these guys tried to pull.....

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Mia thought she could ride her name and fame to victory so I was glad for Matheson, especially when Love began using Romney tactics, like changing the truth and history.

    Good job Jim

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    I don't want to call anyone foolish, but even if you believed the liberal attack ads on this wonderful person that has been marginalized by the left(and informed people know the ads were dishonest) I still thought Utah would have the sense to realize that Matheson would give more power to Obama, and Mia could do nothing without the support of other Republicans. Supporting Matheson supports the agenda that is destroying us. He gives support to thinking that would rightly makes it a federal offense to tear apart your pet mouse and forces us to pay to tear apart babies because people don't want the inconvenience of pregnancy. These children feel the very same pain that the gerbil feels, and clearly crave love and affection from the mother that is killing them. This is just one issue.

    I'm embarrassed for Utah, we can't complain about the Country reelecting Obama when we hand more power to him right here. We could have done something to make America better!

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Jim Matheson is pretty much a Democrat in name only. As a Democrat, he is a constant disappointment. I'm no longer in his district, so I couldn't vote for him. In the past, I've held my nose and voted for him, because his opponents have been so much worse. He's pretty much the best that we can hope to elect in the state of Utah.

    The situation with all politics is the same, I've never seen a candidate that I agree with on every issue. Usually, however, it is pretty easy to identify the better of the two main choices. In this case, it was Matheson without a doubt.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Thank you Mia Love for hanging in there to the end. This man will start campaigning again in one year and will know he has to tow the line for that time in order to avoid the campaigned proven Mia Love and voters who will be looking again. You have shown strength and courage and Jim Matheson added the election to his power base but things happen and you have the working ability and will gain 2 more years experience in real life on the firing line of a city mayor working with real people.

    Thanks to you.

    Is Matheson going to move or be elected for the part he doesn't represent?

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    I hope Mia Love remains as mayor of Saratoga Springs. If you really want to make a difference do it locally. The national political scene is more about posing than anything else.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    Love hiding from her own backstory hurt her.
    That whole thing about being the anchor baby that saved her parents was weird from the start. Then she got amnesia about it.
    At that point she became just another politician in the eyes of many voters.
    She damaged the GOP by playing the game of identity politics...and losing at it.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:12 p.m.

    @Howard -

    Spot on post! I was so happy to read the church's statement today congratulating Obama and asking for our prayers for the nation. If the First Presidency of the church can issue such a statement, why can't it's members support it?

    Democrats are not inherently evil and Republicans are not inherently righteous. If you are confused about any of this, please read the LDS Church's statement on page 41 of the October Ensign. Maybe that will clear up some things up for some of you.

    BTW, congrats to Matheson. Great win for him and his campaign!

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:52 p.m.


    I'm sorry but Jon Huntsman Sr. is a patriot. I'm sure he has done more to actually help people than you or I could ever dream of doing. He supported Matheson, so what? I judged a man by his works, not his political views alone. I doubt that Jim Matheson is responsible for the impending apocalypse you seem to believe is coming. I might suggest that if you are of the same religion I am, the predominant religion of the Beehive State, that you go to that church's web site and read its statement about the election. Then take a breath and as one old man said well above, get over it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    The best person won. Get over it.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    love or matheson?

    None of the above?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    Matheson 1 - Tea Party 0

    Hatch 1 - Tea Party O

    Bob Bennett 0 - Tea Party 1

    Record so far for the Tea Party 1 win, 2 Losses.

    How in the world did the Tea Party loose their way in a state like Utah?

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    I'm glad I finally got a chance to vote for Jim Matheson. It's really the only reason I even wanted to vote this cycle. Considering how close it was, I'm actually glad I did.

    This guy has had district lines gerrymandered on him twice and has had to fight a close election every nearly every time, but he survives.

    Sure, he comes from a Utah-Mormon dynasty, but so do Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney and I voted for both of them too. Something about those dynasties produce quality, moderate candidates, rather than tea-party extremists.

  • EHSvoice Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    I used to have great respect for Jon Huntsman. I excused him after his son was a clueless kool-aid drinking global warming believer and unimpressive governor, his grand daughter embarrassed herself and Mormons on NBC, but his throwing a fine Republican under the bus to support the Obama supporting, Nancy Pelosi supporting Jim Matheson tells me the apples haven't fallen too far from the tree. All his money and philanthropy can't make up for the fact that he has further enabled the party that is destroying business, the economy, and most of all personal liberty. Does he think he is going to cure cancer under the oppressive Obamacare that Matheson refuses to repeal or defund?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    GOP machine was fueled by lots of money but Karl Rove drove it into a ditch. It was obviously easy to avoid.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    I guess a lot of voters believed his protestatons that he was really a "conservative" and not actually one of Nancy Pelosi's puppets.

    I did too, the first time he ran, but there is too much evidence that he says one thing here in Utah, but votes differently in Washington.

    Too bad, we really had a chance to send someone with Utah values who would stand up for them, but Mia Love missed by a small number of votes. Speaking of which, I hope the people who voted for the third party candidate are happy that they put Matheson back on the job for another term. If they had voted for Mia Love, they would have been a lot better off.