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Traditional vs media campaigning in race between Love, Owens

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 19:41:30-04

UTAH COUNTY -- Old fashioned "retail politics" seems to be less in fashion in Utah's Grand Old Party, at least when it comes to the race to fill the seat in Utah's 4th Congressional District.

On the Friday before the election, Doug Owens was at a TRAX station at 7 a.m., at the University of Utah through lunch time, door knocking with Jim Matheson in the afternoon, and then at the Riverton High School football game and the Utah Grizzlies Hockey game at night.

Mia Love was at home. Her campaign said she might make some campaign phone calls, but said it was a family day.

Love, the well known Republican, has been more of a presence on television and on billboards, and less of a presence at meet and greets, honk and waves, and other traditional campaign events.

"It's very unusual in a campaign that's so close that a candidate is not out there shaking hands, reaching out to every group possible," said Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

"It's gonna come down to the wire," said Doug Owens as he met with voters on the campus of the University of Utah.