Skip to comments.Jim Matheson holds on for slim win over Mia Love after final vote tally (768 votes)
Posted on 11/20/2012 7:39:11 PM PST by Arthurio
SALT LAKE CITY Republican Mia Love narrowed the gap on Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson after the outstanding votes were counted but not enough to keep him from a seventh term in Congress.
As expected, Matheson held his Election Day lead and escaped with a slim victory in Utah's new 4th Congressional District as counties released their final election results Tuesday.
Matheson ended up defeating Love by only 768 votes, his closest race yet. He owned a 2,646-vote lead before provisional, mail-in and paper ballots were counted. A total of 238,838 votes were cast in the district.
To force a recount, Love would have had to come within 488 votes, one for each precinct in the four counties that comprise the district.
But state Republicans aren't ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright said some provisional and mail-in ballots in Salt Lake County were disqualified, while others were accepted. GOP poll watchers, he said, weren't able to get all their questions answered about the counting process as the county tabulated votes.
"We'd like to get those questions answered to ensure that every vote is counted," Wright said. "We're not making any accusations. We're not saying anyone did anything wrong. We just want to be sure."
A third-party candidate, Libertarian Jim Vein, played a spoiler role in winning 2.6 percent of the vote. A Democratic PAC paid for a late-hour telephone campaign that urged voters to eschew Matheson and Love in favor of Vein.
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I guess they better call up the precinct captain and get that shoebox with those 2348 extra votes in there. Sick.
The commie ‘RATS ALWAYS win the close ones. You can’t tell me that these races aren’t being stolen by the commie piggies counting the votes.
What a shame. Give it another shot in 2 years, Mia. The climate may likely be more favorable at that time.
About as favorable a climate as it will get. Romney won 72% of the vote in Utah.
Here’s the Libertarian jerk that acted as the spoiler:
Jim L. Vein
Libertarian Party of Utah
PO Box 970893
Orem, UT 84097
No Democrats will cross over to help the GOP to become more diverse.
Here’s his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jim.vein.7
He “likes” Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin! This was a pure vanity run on his part! What a jerk!
Well isn’t that special - and was he put in business by the rats???
We suspect they stole the election; not much adds up. One thing is sure; if we can’t be confident that we’ll ever have a fair election again - what then? I sort of know how Venezuelan voters feel every time Hugo “wins” an election.
100% agreement. She should run again in 2 years. Remarkable woman, with a remarkable story! (Would rather see her in the senate however. We need more senators).
Simply amazing. I had a completely different impression of the folks that live in Utah. I didn’t expect so make ‘takers” and supporters of middle east aggression.
Another racist white guy defeats a minority female for elected office - damn GOP - oh, wait a minute......
Big time fraud. We know as well as Dems and Rebs they cheated. They have to make the votes come close with conservatives so we won’t question it.
Don’t put Obozo in office again.
They make it close for real conservatives
Eliminate the BS “libertarian” and she’ll win in two years.
Conservatives never win close elections.
Her opponent is obviously a magnet for racists. /s