Utah: Jim Matheson Survives Mia Love Challenge
Posted at 2:43 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2012
Mia Love lost to Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th district. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D) overcame several hurdles Tuesday to win re-election over rising GOP star Mia Love.
Love congratulated Matheson, according to a statement from her campaign.
Over the course of the campaign, Matheson had to introduce himself to new voters in a new seat gerrymandered to elect a Republican. Meanwhile, he had to defend himself against GOP charges that he was allied with President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in Utah, and deal with a headwind from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is popular in the state.