In close and hard fought race, Republican Mia Love holds on to defeat Democrat Doug Owens and claim victory in Utah’s 4th congressional district.
Mia Love trailed Doug Owens for much of the night Tuesday as election results came in. But later in the night Love took a slim lead and held on with margin growing slightly bigger. Just after 11 p.m. she took the podium to address her supporters as the congresswoman-elect in Utah’s 4th district.
Republican Mia Love hopes she can win the seat after being narrowly defeated by incumbent Jim Matheson in 2012. With Matheson announcing his retirement last year, Democrat Doug Owens has stepped into this year’s race with the hopes he can overcome a very popular GOP candidate.
When Mia Love talks about her narrow defeat in 2012, the one fact she remembers specifically is the number of votes she lost by.
“768. Who’s counting?” says Love.
Only 768 votes. But Love looks back on the race where she came up short as a learning experience.
Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens faced off in a live debate Tuesday night broadcast on radio and television throughout the state. Both candidates are vying to replace retiring congressman Jim Matheson and represent the state’s fourth congressional district.
Mia Love and Doug Owens quickly showcased their differences on several issues. Education and how it should be funded was central in the discussion. Owens said that federal support for school programs and student loans still plays a role in making education affordable.
Former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Utah County last night campaigning for Republican congressional candidate Mia Love. Local and state lawmakers also attended the rally to show their support for the candidate.
Utah Democrats in the 4th Congressional District chose Doug Owens to run against Republican Mia Love.
Owens says he’s ready to take on Love in November. The 4th District already knows Mia Love from her 2012 race against Democrat Jim Matheson, who’s retiring after this term. Owens contends his Republican opponent is courting the national GOP, while his views are more in line with 4th District voters.
UPDATE: Additional candidates who have filed for the 4th Congressional District include Bill Peterson (DEM), Bob Fuehr (REP), and Jim Vein (LIB).
The race for Utah Congressman Jim Matheson’s seat is on. Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens both filed Monday to represent the 4th District. Love narrowly lost to Matheson in the last election, and claims to be a better candidate than she was in 2012. But Owens insists he could still pull off a win.