Better luck gerrymandering Matheson out of his congressional seat next time,
Utah Legislature. You got real close this year, I'm sure you can creatively
add just a bit more rural area to dilute the Democratic-leaning tendency of
Utah's most populous county. About a third of this state is Democratic,
and the Republican legislature wants to make sure that NONE of the 6
congressional seats can be held by a Democrat. It's wrong, it's
unethical, it intentionally keeps national representation from 1/3 of the
state's citizens. And they'll keep trying until they get it
Congratulations to Matheson. He continues to amaze Utahns, especially
Republicans by winning in heavy GOP districts. Perhaps, he really does appeal
to a majority of voters, who honestly believe he puts Utah first.
Boooo! He hasn't done anything good in his prior 6 terms, why does he
deserve another? We need to get rid of career politicians.
Well, Mia can always join forces with Sarah in the whinefest that is sure to
follow...Republicans,with the exception of Brother Romney,do not seem to lose or
play well with others who do not share their extreme beliefs...I would suggest
that they see the country as it is and not as their fantasies suggest...If they
fail in this they are doomed to political irrelevance and exile which would make
a whole lot of sensible people very happy...
Congrats, Jim Matheson. You've earned it and you deserved it.
Salt Lake County seems to be going the way of the nation. How unfortunate.
Mr Romboy wrote about "a seesaw battle all night long" between Matheson
and Love. In fact the number of votes was the same at the close of polling
stations as it was when counting was completed. The accidental order in which
votes were counted, recorded and announced had nothing to do with the outcome.
It is a cheap carnival trick to represent the way you chose to report on the
count as if it was a dynamic, developing battle. Journalism shouldn't be
the story here; it should take a position behind the story, not in the middle of
it. There's no need for further hyping the circus atmosphere of elections
by creating spectacle out of thin air.
Utah must love career politicians. One more arrow in pelosi's quiver
Wow. I am so disappointed. Mia is so full of talent and promise. I hope she
doesn't give up until she gets in national government.
Utah likes to fancy itself as a conservative state, but keeps sending people to
the legislature who champion illegal immigration and therefore more dependency
and targeting us as a magnet state, and keeps sending Matheson to Washington
even though it doesn't take a genius to figure out he's usually a
Pelosi/Obama supporter. They also say they don't believe in career
politicians, but keep sending the same people back for decades. Amazing.
Congratultions to Representative Matheson. It is a great victory for the United
States, and for the people of Utah.
Looks like the polls were wrong! The only thing that would make me happier is if
Hatch would have lost!
This is the biggest stunner of the evening. If a Republican could not win a
gerry mandered district with Mitt Romney at the head of the ticket when can
they? Utahns really like Jim.
Congratulations to Jim! Keep up the good work.
Utah is lucky to have ONE member of the same party as the President and Senate.
Matheson won because many Salt Lake County Utah Republicans voted
for a conservative Democrat and did not want Utah to be thought of nationally as
Matheson is my choice to insure that Mike Lee will be a one term Senator. Mia
Love is a nice lady and I Wish her the best. To bad she was so partisan.
Matheson will represent Utah well. Mia Love would have put partisan politics
I agree, Ute Alumni, after all they re-elected Hatch and Bishop and even Chafetz
who, if Utah's voters are foolish enough, will be there forever.
@md"Boooo! He hasn't done anything good in his prior 6
terms, why does he deserve another? We need to get rid of career
politicians."Does that in include Representative Bishop (6th
term), Jason Chaffetz (3rd term), Orrin Hatch (7th term) or do you only mean
Democratic career politicians?
Much of the Tea Party began it's journey back to Boston Harbor, where it
will, eventually, settle at the bottom, never to be seen or heard from again.
@md: Kind of like Orrin Hatch, right? Yet Utah elected him to a SEVENTH term.
So much for getting rid of career politicians.Congratulations to
Matheson! Great win.
The chameleon won.He will return to Washington to cavort with his
liberal pals and advance the Obama agenda, as he has all along, and he will
return in another two years to tell us that he is really a conservative.Most of what is said about politicians is true.
Jim will never be voted out because he is Mormon and he is the son of a beloved
Governor taken too soon from life..
I did not know Jim Matheson is a Mormon - unlike Mitt Romney, Orrin Hatch, Mike
Lee, Jason Chaffetz, Rob Bishop, and most elected Mormons in Utah who link the
elephant to the Mormon Church.
So is this more about the fight of counties?
Those of you who don't like Matheson can pretend that you are still in
Chaffetz's district while I pretend I'm still in Matheson's.
Back to the behind the scenes, closed-door, gerry-mandering of districts and
voters rights, by cutting-and carving lines all over the map to bolster a
political agenda!And Utahns whine and cry daily about
"Chicago-style" politicing!Chicago pales in comparison to this
ridiculousness!Stay classy Utah!Keep showing the world the
High-road of political wholesomeness, cleanliness, and integrity!Pathetic.BTW - Congradulations Rep. Matheson!
i keep hoping that at some point the far right will finish licking its wounds
and realize that empty rhetoric is not getting them anywhere. If they hope to
ever be relevant the conversation they are going to have to realize that people
want common sense ideas and solutions not empty rhetoric. You don't have to
become a democrat or even embrace democrat ideas just embrace some common sense.
Utah needs Jim Matheson. He represents the minority here who are otherwise
completely disenfranchised from Utah politics. And best of all, it ticks off the
Republican power base that dominates state government, and it keeps them a
little bit humble, if that's even possible. Go Jim!
If Mia hadn't had Mitt to campaign for her on all those robocalls I
received she would have gotten beaten by a far wider margin. I never heard a
single call with her voice, but I got one from Jim. He can stand on his own two
feet, but she needed to lean on Mitt and it didn't work. We need people in
Congress who can reach across the aisle, and Matheson can. He isn't a
puppet for his party and does have Utah interests at heart. That's why he
Nothing scares our nation more then a conservative and intelligent woman. Yep,
lets just go with the career politician, because that's worked out oh so
well with others (Bennet,and Hatch immediatley spring to mind)..
How dumb can Libertarians be? Keep taking away votes for a relevant candidate
and we'll keep ending up with people very far from your views being elected
instead of someone similar in your views.
Congratulations Jim Matheson! Thanks for being for Utah and for America.
Can't believe no one sees why Matheson pulled this one out--because of a
libertarian candidate. Without Jim Vein, Mia likely would have won. See that we
have no news of the libertarian candidate, or how he upset the race? Who is this
Jim Vein? I could only find one place with any information on him, a Utah family
issues magazine. He couldn't compose a sentence, although Mia didn't
appear to have written hers, and Matheson didn't respond.The
commercials I liked best were the ones with Obama speaking, and Matheson
parroting exactly the same thing. Also, Matheson never had any references to his
stances, although Mia Love publicity cited sources about Matheson voting for
Obamacare, stimulus packages, etc. And why did we never have a televised debate
in the evening between the 2? Only a minor debate during the day when most
voters are working. Is this why Utah voters are disenfranchised? And note that
every democrat in the district voted for Matheson, while the remainder of the
district split their votes among the candidates. Interesting.
No mention of third party candidates in this race. Doing the math reveals about
6000 votes not included in the Love-Matheson totals. That difference is about
2-3 times the margin of the two candidates. Michael Medved attributed the loss
to a "Losertarian" candidate.
HOw sad, so many fell for the dishonest liberal attack ads and voted to give
Obama more power to push our Nation forward-down.... I'm embarrassed for
Utah. We could have helped make a difference.