We asked our political insiders and readers if she can still win, or if her campaign is in trouble.
Two straight polls show Jim Matheson with a double-digit lead over Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District race. Does Love still have a chance to beat Matheson in November?
Some anonymous comments:
A lot of people don't know who Mia Love is. If they knew her better I think the polls would be reversed.
Love will bounce back, but she won't win. Her numbers will start to grow in Sept, but by mid-October she will peak and Matheson will win with around 52%.
With Romney at the top of the ticket there won't be any Democrats elected in Utah this year.
Substance versus novelty. No contest.
It's so early. Most people don't even realize yet Matheson is not even running in the district he lives in! Matheson will lose in a close race.
A Democrat-funded poll shows Matheson barely cresting 50%. Love has plenty of time, plenty of help and plenty of momentum. I hope Matheson is polishing up his resume.
Matheson is still just below 50 % which means he's still vulnerable. The more that people get to know Mia the higher her numbers will rise. Matheson is in trouble, and he knows it.
I am not so sure. Rep. Matheson is a favorite son of Utah -- and on most days, he is probably more Republican than his opponent Mia Love.
When compared to Matheson, particularly in upcoming debates, she will be clearly shown not to measure up.
Mia love has a double digit lead in charisma. Should be no problem for her to close the gap
When she was an unknown, she was considered a strong opponent. However, now that she has revealed her many extremist positions, her candidacy has lost its initial luster. Matheson has shown himself to be very responsive to most of his constituents, even though many Democrats would like to see him vote closer to the party's positions in some areas. On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a Representative who actually represents his constituents - Utah would be an even better place (and a lot more moderate) if more politicians did that.
I hope Matheson wins. I've had enough of these " My way or the Highway" Tea Partiers like Lee.
Morgan Philpot was completely inept and trailed Matheson by a huge margin and even he only lost by 3 or 4 points. Mia will be just fine.
Of course Love has a good chance - but very much expect Matheson to run a good strong race and win again.
Love dug her own grave when she replaced all of the key campaign staffers who helped her obtain over 70% of the vote at the state convention. She should've stuck with the successful staff she originally had rather than replace them with an NRCC-approved staff. The new staff is obviously in over their heads and Love has lost the stability provided by the original staff, as evidenced by the latest polls. Future candidates should beware of listening to national party officials when it comes to running local campaigns because by and large national party officials don't understand Utah's unique political culture.
Not saying she "will" win, but she definitely "can" win. It all depends on what kind of campaign she runs over the next 3 months.
Love's shining star is fading fast.
Remember the famous photo of Harry Truman holding the newspaper announcing Dewey's win? That headline was rushed into print based on erroneous polls, and those polls were meant to be honest. So how about polls that are intentionally designed to be like Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts? . . . "Verdict first, then the trial!"
The same polls had Morgan Philpot way behind and he came very close to beating Rep. Matheson.
She's a good speaker, but so is Sarah Palin.
I don't believe Love will pull it off. Her campaign has problems. Her staff seems lacking in competence, and she is not running her campaign well. She seems to have trouble framing her message.
Waaay too early. Has Matheson even started to campaign?
The polls have Matheson barely above 50% - plenty of room and time for Mia to win this race
If Matheson is going to win, he's going to need a lot of help from the Tribune, KSL and the D-News, and early indications are they are going to help him quite a bit. Love has had more negative press in the past month than Matheson has had in this century.
The polls don't look good but I wouldn't be surprised to see Love win. She has to give people a clear reason to vote for her down the stretch.
Just think Romney vs Obama. That will play a bigger role in people's decisions
No one pays attention until after Labor Day. She needs to get her name out there and her numbers will go up.
Ok. In this case, I like polls.
Speculation is building that Love will get a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. How much would that help Love's campaign?
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