It has been a long time since we wrote about Mia B. Love, running for Congress in Utah-04.

We first covered Mia — and were the first to cover her campaign — in early January 2012, when no one gave her a chance of getting the Republican nomination, Mia B. Love – A conservative political star rises in … Utah:

If you haven’t heard of Ludmya “Mia” B. Love before, you will be hearing a lot more about her.  Mia has the potential to be the next big thing in conservative politics. And you heard about her here first!

I remember calling her when her campaign was in its infancy, and she actually picked up her cell phone and gave me an interview as she was in the car driving to an event.  She seemed so happy that someone, anyone, was calling with interest in her candidacy.

Back then, when I Googled her name for background, there were so few mentions of her that most of the search results went to — well, you can imagine with a name like “Mia B. Love” that some of the search hits were not about her and NSFW.

Mia came on strong as the conservative blogosphere rallied around her and brought attention to her campaign. She won the Republican nomination at the convention, but lost the general election by a few hundred votes to Jim Matheson, a long-serving Democratic incumbent who repeatedly defied the odds in a Republican district.

Now Mia’s running again, and the polls show her far in the lead, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune:

Republican Mia Love has a strong lead in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, but she’s far from dominating, according to a new poll released Monday.

The survey by Zions Bank and shows Love with a 12 percentage-point lead — 44 percent to 32 percent — over Democrat Doug Owens.

Nearly a fifth (19 percent) of respondents were undecided in the poll conducted Thursday through Saturday for the political newsletter published by LaVarr Webb, a lobbyist and consultant who is not working for either campaign.

This poll, conducted by Dan Jones/Cicero Group, comes two weeks after Owens released his own internal poll showing him 9 percentage points back, 50 percent to 41 percent….

This Love-Owens race is expected to be the most competitive congressional race in the state. It is the only one without an incumbent. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, declined to run for an eighth term.

The UtahPolicy poll indicates that if he did, he’d have a six-point advantage over Love, 45 percent to 39 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

Her first campaign ad still is my favorite:

There is no such thing as a sure thing, so go ahead and donate to her campaign, because you don’t want a “what-if” moment in November.

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