The Salt Lake Tribune released a poll showing that all three Republicans contending against incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson in the new Utah-04 district are competitive with Matheson.

This is particularly significant for Mia B. Love (see my prior profile) since the main argument for her Republican competitors is that they had better name recognition and were more likely to beat Matheson.

Here are the numbers from the Tribune poll:

In another important development for Love, she was endorsed by Josh Romney, an endorsement which will carry a lot of weight in Utah:

Josh Romney, son of GOP nominee and Utah favorite Mitt Romney, has announced his endorsement of Mia Love’s congressional campaign. “Republicans must elect a candidate who will beat Jim Matheson this November,” said Romney. “That’s why I am 100% behind Mia Love. I will do all I can to make sure she is the next member of Congress from Utah.” Love is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination in Utah’s 4th congressional district.

In addition to endorsing Love, Romney will actively assist her campaign with fundraising. Romney’s connections to some of Utah’s key political donors have already resulted in several maximum donations allowed under federal law, with more donations pledged. “Jim Matheson’s out-of-state war chest has been one of his largest advantages over his past six Republican opponents.” according to Love. “With Josh Romney’s help, we’re going to even the playing field this November.”

The Utah Republican nomination convention is April 21.  If no candidate gets 60% of the vote, the two highest vote getters will run in a primary.  Carl Wimmer is the favorite, but this recent polling versus Matheson should give delegates pause to consider Love’s growing strength and name recognition.

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