Jim Matheson holds on for slim win over Mia Love after final vote tally

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    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..... I also feel that we need to have term limits and hopefully one day that will happen.

    12:27 a.m. Nov. 21, 2012


    Reva Beck Bosone was Utah's first congresswoman.
    In 1932 Reva won the election as a Democrat.

    Term limits you say?
    You want Term Limits?

    Please Tell us you didn't vote for Orrin Hatch!

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 1:37 p.m.


    Your words show that you watch too much Fox News and listen to too much Hannity, Limbaugh, or Beck. It is not the "Democrat Party". It is the "Democratic Party". Have the respect to refer to the party by its real name. Or should we start referring to that other party as the "Repug" party?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 12:46 p.m.


    Let me play devil's advoate for a second. What exactly in four years has your Representative done? He's now starting his third term and I'm scratching my head to remember any actual accomplishments other than to preen on CNN and Fox News talking about how bad President Obama is. What has done to earn the votes of the 3rd District? Oh, I know, he simply has a (R) behind his name, and that is all the accomplishment he needs.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    @Grammy3 - Yes, we do need to have term limits. Then maybe we could finally get rid of Hatch.

    @fangflyer - I'm not sure you read through the article as Matheson has officially been declared the winner in the 4th District. Not sure how you came to the conclusion that 'The Love/Matheson race is still "undecided".' because it's over. Matheson won, Mia lost.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Republican voters in the fourth district. You have voted for Nancy Pelosi and her agenda. You have voted for Barack Obama and his redistribution socialistic agenda. You have voted for a pro-choice candidate. You have voted for big government and the diminishing of the free enterprise system. You have essentially voted for every thing you claim you are against in government and you sit there and smile that you have a representative that represents you but in reality represents the Democrat party. You voted for Mitt Romney and got Barack Obama and a representative that will support Obama. You did well, fourth district Republicans, and you got what you deserved.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 11:25 a.m.


    So Representative Matheson should have just conceded the election simply because his opponent was a "Conservative Black Woman?"

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    With Mia is always seemed she would be not a Utah representative, but a republican representative. I viewed her with her head to the phone; sitting in front of the voting computer; taking her orders from the republican leadership.
    I would expect that as a democrat; Matheson will usually vote with his party; but he has shown that he will also vote against his party; if it is not what is best in his view for Utah, or the United States.

  • TX_Soldier254 Killeen, TX
    Nov. 21, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    Congratulations to Jim Matheson for beating the 1st (would-be) Conservative Black Woman in Congress!
    Is it Party Time Jim?

    Nov. 21, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Too many Americans believe that being a small town mayor a few years is not adequate qualification to represent them in Washington DC - whether it is Wasila, Alaska or Saratoga Springs, Utah.

    I will vote for Mia Love in 4 years if she runs against Senator Mike Lee or in 6 years if she runs for Senator against Orrin Hatch.

  • CF Mom Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    All R vs D aside maybe just maybe it is a good thing that Utah has representation on both sides of the poltical divide, in both Congressional caucusus. There have been so many comments about the right and wrong of the election since Nov. 6 maybe we should take a step back and think about the benefit to Utah of having someone to represent the state in both parties in DC. Matheson may be only a single voice in the Democratic caucus but one voice is better than none. Don't get the wrong idea. I am regularly a Republican delegate and active in the party but I can also take the long view and look at the consequenses for Utah. A straight ticket is a great victory for the party but is it the best thing for the state? Maybe, maybe not

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Matheson fooled the voters once again with his parliamentary games and his nasty ads. But it wwas close.

  • my 2 cents worth West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Mia Love didn't/doesn't have enough experience to represent Utah at the federal level. A one-term small town controversial mayor? Yeah, I wanted her to represent me. Being black and female should not be the strongest criteria for election.

    The republicans need to quit sucking sour grapes and let it go. Matheson won. Let Mia try again after she has more experience under her belt.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    CHS 85: Driving you nuts that it hasn't happened yet, isn't it?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:13 a.m.

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

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:36 a.m.

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

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    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.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    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.

  • fangflyer LAKE WALES, FL
    Nov. 21, 2012 5:39 a.m.

    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......

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 12:27 a.m.

    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.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    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.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:39 p.m.

    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.

    Nov. 20, 2012 9:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:19 p.m.

    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.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    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.

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    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.

  • rok San Diego, CA
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:13 p.m.

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

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    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.

  • Making Sense Herriman, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    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.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Nov. 20, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    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.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    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.