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4th District race tightens as Doug Owens gains ground, poll shows

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Posted at 9:46 PM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-14 13:03:28-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A new UtahPolicy.com poll released Monday focused on the hotly contested 4th Congressional District Race between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens.

The poll indicates Owens’ campaign is gaining ground.

"It's starting to tighten," said Bryan Schott, Managing Editor of UtahPolicy.com.  "We actually did exactly the same poll back in August and that poll we found that Mia Love had a 12-point lead on Democrat Doug Owens. This time around it's tightened just a little bit. Now it's a 9-point lead for Love over Owens," Schott said.

Schott added that nine percent of Utah voters are still undecided according to the UtahPolicy.com poll.

FOX 13 hit the streets Monday asking voters who they are supporting.

“Right now I'm still a bit undecided. I think I'm leaning towards Mia Love but I want to hear what they have to say," said Carolyn Kunz.

When FOX 13 asked Sebastian Tatum who he supports, the Utah voter said, “Mia Love. I don't even know who Doug Owens is."

Schott said there is a path for Owens to win but it’s narrow.

"One warning bell for Doug Owens is 16 percent of voters tell us they still have no idea who he is, and that's not very good with three weeks to go until the election," Schott said.

However, the UtahPolicy.com poll reveals Love has her own problems.

"Mia Love has a 54-percent approval rating right now – 41-percent disapproval, which is fairly high for someone who's never been in Congress," Schott said.

Utah voter Jason Bennion said he would be voting Democrat – for Owens.

When FOX 13 asked what he knew about Owens besides being a Democrat Bennion responded, "Honestly that's all I need to know. Mia Love scares me."

Fox 13 asked each candidate to respond to the UtahPolicy.com poll.  Each campaign sent a statement.

Dave Hansen, Love's Campaign Manager:

"We feel good about the polling that we did. We feel good about the Utah Policy poll. It's certainly good to be up than behind. What's really important right now is that Mia Love gets out and talks to as many people as possible and if we continue to do that we feel good about being victorious. It's also important that people who do support her, do get out and vote."

Doug Owens:

"This new poll confirms that we're gaining ground. Our message of putting people before politics to help hardworking Utah families resonates with voters - they want someone who will be a strong, independent voice for them in Washington. The only poll that really matters is Election Day, and we're working hard for each and every vote."