Utah's 4th congressional district

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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.

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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.

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A new poll released Monday by Brigham Young University shows Democrat Doug Owens with a slight lead of over Republican Mia Love in the fourth congressional district race.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love officially declared Saturday that she will run again for the congressional seat occupied by Democrat Jim Matheson. Love's announcement came during a speech to several thousand delegates at the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention.

“You and I have some unfinished business with Jim Matheson. So combining my confidence in you delegates, with the inspiration you’ve given back to me, we are stronger than ever, and I am certain, we will win,” said Love to applause.

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The latest GOP national figure showed up in Utah Thursday night to support Saratoga Springs Mayor and congressional candidate Mia Love. Arizona Senator and former Presidential hopeful John McCain rallied with Love in West Valley City. 

Close to three hundred people gathered in the amphitheater outside the Utah Cultural Celebration Center to see what McCain had to say about the GOP candidate in the state’s fourth congressional district.  The Senator broke the ice with a few jokes about his failed presidential bid in 2008 and then offered his support to Love.