Matheson narrowly defeats Love in 4th District race

Posted at 12:14 AM, Nov 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-07 09:38:34-05

SALT LAKE CITY – With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jim Matheson narrowly leads Mia Love in the most hotly contested Utah race.

Congressman Jim Matheson, Utah’s Democratic incumbent for the 2nd Congressional District, had 108,075 votes, or 49.34 percent.

Republican Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who has garnered a lot of national attention, received 105,257 votes, or 48.06 percent.

That is a difference of 2,818 votes, or 1.28 percent. For a recount to occur, candidates must be within one vote per voting precinct, or 488 votes in the 4th District Race.

Jim Matheson spoke Wednesday shortly after midnight, declaring victory over Love, who conceded the election.

Mia Love released the following statement:

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love congratulated Rep. Jim Matheson on winning the race for Utah’s fourth district.

“Congratulations to Jim on a hard fought victory,” said Love. “It was a close race, but ultimately the voters of Utah have spoken. I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly for my campaign, and am humbled by their dedication and commitment to the betterment of Utah and our nation. I plan on continuing to work on promoting conservative issues and look forward to returning to Saratoga Springs and spending more time with my family.”