United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Utah were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the four U.S. Representatives from the state of Utah, an increase of one seat in reapportionment following the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election and an election to the U.S. Senate. Primary elections were held on June 26, 2012.[1]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2012[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 647,873 64.86% 2 3 +1
Democratic 324,309 32.47% 1 1 -
Constitution 14,481 1.45% 0 0 -
Libertarian 6,439 0.64% 0 0 -
Independent 5,795 0.58% 0 0 -
Totals 998,897 100.00% 3 4 +1

Redistricting[edit]

In Utah, the redistricting process was controlled by members of the Republican Party, who formed a majority on the State Legislature's redistricting committee. The plan passed October 2011 divides Salt Lake County among three districts, which Republicans argued would require Utah's U.S. Representatives focus on both urban and rural issues.[3][4] Jim Dabakis, the chair of the Utah Democratic Party, argued that the map constituted a gerrymander designed to benefit the Republican Party.[5]

District 1[edit]

Republican incumbent Rob Bishop, who has represented Utah's 1st congressional district since 2003, is running for re-election, having decided against running for governor this year. Bishop's opponents for the Republican nomination were Michael Miller, a veteran of the Iraq War,[6] and homemaker and Tea Party activist Jacqueline Smith.

Rob Bishop became the official Republican Candidate April 21, 2012 at the State Republican Convention.

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District 2[edit]

Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson, who has represented Utah's 2nd congressional district since 2001, will seek re-election in the new 4th district. Democratic candidate is Jay Seegmiller beating out Dean Collinwood and Mike Small[disambiguation needed] at the convention.[7]

Robert Fuehr, former telecommunications executive and Harvard University MBA alumnus;[8] Jason Buck, a former American football player at Brigham Young University and later in the National Football League;[9] Dave Clark, the former speaker of the Utah House of Representatives;[10] Cherilyn Eagar, a business owner who sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2010;[11] Chris Stewart, an author, former U.S. Air Force pilot, and president of an energy consulting firm;[12] Howard Wallack;[12] Chuck Williams, a former Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment and retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel;[13] and John Willoughby, an airline pilot,[6] will run for the Republican nomination. State senator Dan Liljenquist may also run.[14] Morgan Philpot, a former state representative and unsuccessful candidate for the 2nd district in 2010, had planned to seek the Republican nomination;[15] however he will instead run for Governor.[16]

Independent candidate Charles Kimball has also filed.

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District 3[edit]

Three Republicans have announced candidacies for the District: Jason Chaffetz, who is seeking a third term in representing Utah's 3rd congressional district;[17] Leonard "Joe" Fabiano, business entrepreneur and former 2010 U.S. Senate Candidate;[18] and Kurt Bradburn.[19] Soren Simonsen was selected as the Democratic candidate at the party's state convention.[9]

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District 4[edit]

Democratic U.S. Representative Jim Matheson, who has represented Utah's 2nd congressional district since 2001 and had considered running for governor[20] or for the U.S. Senate,[21] sought re-election to the House in Utah's new 4th congressional district.[22] He narrowly defeated the Republican candidate, Saratoga Springs mayor Mia Love, in the general election.[23]

If Love had won the seat, she would have become the first African-American Republican woman to sit in the House.[24]

Republican primary[edit]

Love, attorney Jay Cobb, and state Representative Stephen Sandstrom, and state Rep. Carl Wimmer competed for the Republican nomination.[22] Jason Buck, a former American football player at Brigham Young University and later in the National Football League, had considered running for the Republican nomination in the 4th district; however he announced in January 2012 that he would instead run in the 2nd district.[9]

In the Republican convention, held on April 21, 2012, Love received 70.4% of the vote (she needed more than 60% to avoid a primary).[25]

Polling[edit]

An early poll published by the Deseret News on Dec 25, 2011 showed Jim Matheson leading all potential opponents.[26]

Republican primary[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Sample Margin of error Jay Cobb Mia Love Stephen Sandstrom Carl Wimmer Other Would not vote
Dan Jones & Associates December 19–21, 2011 341 registered voters ± 5.3% 3% 8% 15% 15% 19% 41%

General election[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jim
Matheson (D)
Mia
Love (R)
Other Undecided
Mason-Dixon/Salt Lake Tribune October 29-31, 2012 625 ± 4.0% 40% 52% 6%
Deseret News/KSL-TV September 26-29, 2012 414 ± 5.0% 43% 49% 8%
Deseret News/KSL-TV June 15-21, 2012 379 ± 5.1% 53% 38% 8%
Mason-Dixon/Salt Lake Tribune April 9-11, 2012 625 ± 4.0% 45% 42%
Deseret News/KSL-TV December 19-21, 2011 341 ± 5.3% 53% 36% 12%


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Election Information". Utah Lieutenant Governor. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://electionresults.utah.gov/xmlData/main.html
  3. ^ "Congress: SB3002, Final Congressional Boundaries Designation, by Sen. Okerlund". October 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Republicans approve new Utah congressional map". October 18, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Davidson, Lee (September 27, 2011). "Favored redistricting map splits Salt Lake County three ways". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Romboy, Dennis (October 10, 2011). "Redistricting squabble has GOP congressional hopefuls wondering where to line up". Deseret News. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://utahdemocrats.org/2012-utah-state-democratic-convention/
  8. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/169715/EXECUTIVE-FOCUS--ROBERT-C-FUEHR-VP--CEO-US-WEST-COMMUNICATIONS.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b c Gehrke, Robert (January 19, 2012). "Former NFL player Jason Buck is in contest". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Romboy, Dennis (January 11, 2012). "Dave Clark launches bid for Congress at St. George economic summit". Deseret News. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ Page, Jared (August 16, 2011). "Cherilyn Eagar announces congressional campaign". Deseret News. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Roche, Lisa Riley (November 12, 2011). "Author Chris Stewart running for 2nd District seat". Deseret News. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ Davidson, Lee (April 6, 2011). "Republican announces he will challenge Matheson". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ Gehrke, Robert (December 15, 2011). "Dan Liljenquist resigns en route to expected challenge of Orrin Hatch". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ Hesterman, Billy (October 22, 2011). "County lawmakers mulling futures after redistricting". Daily Herald. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ Gehrke, Robert (November 30, 2011). "Philpot will challenge Herbert for Utah governor". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ Page, Jared (August 22, 2011). "Rep. Jason Chaffetz running again, but not against Sen. Orrin Hatch". Deseret News. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Utah Republican Party". Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ Gehrke, Robert (July 11, 2011). "Wimmer declares his candidacy for Congress". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  20. ^ Vanocur, Chris (September 29, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Matheson may run in different district". ABC 4.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  21. ^ Miller, Joshua; Trygstad, Kyle (October 28, 2011). "Matheson Decides Against Utah Senate Bid". Roll Call. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b Romboy, Dennis (December 15, 2011). "Rep. Jim Matheson jumps to 4th Congressional District for re-election". Deseret News. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Mia Love Election Results: Jim Matheson Bests Republican Challenger". The Huffington Post. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  24. ^ Moody, Chris (April 24, 2012). "Mia Love: black, conservative, Mormon, GOP House candidate from Utah". OTUS News (ABC News). Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  25. ^ Gehrke, Robert (April 21, 2012). "Love wins 4th District nomination, will face Matheson". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  26. ^ Romboy, Dennis (December 25, 2011). "Rep. Jim Matheson leads all comers in Utah's new 4th Congressional District, poll shows". Deseret News. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 

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