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Love and Matheson try retail politics as election nears

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"I know there are a lot of undecideds, but they can only stay undecided one more week," field organizer Chase Clyde told the group of volunteers who gathered Monday. "The field operations, they don’t really lose elections, but they win elections."

Typically protective of his internal polling, Matheson said his numbers show the race is breaking his way and that he is leading among those who have cast their ballots — an assertion that obviously conflicts with the early-vote numbers touted by the GOP.

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The newly created district runs from West Valley City on the north (including only part of that city) into Juab and Sanpete counties on the south. It includes all or part of the Salt Lake County communities of Taylorsville, South Salt Lake, Murray, West Jordan, Sandy, South Jordan, Riverton, Herriman and Bluffdale. Outside the Salt Lake Valley, it includes the cities of Lehi, Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs and Nephi.

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"I’m not going to sugarcoat it," Matheson said. "It’s a close race."

The "X-factor" may be Mitt Romney, who could win upward of three-fourths of the Utah vote on Election Day, and how his spot on the ballot might drive up turnout — and presumably give a bump to Love.

Matheson says he typically does better in presidential years and higher-turnout elections, so the Romney presence may not be much of a factor. But Love says Romney helps her create a contrast with Matheson.

"I think people are going to come out in droves to help Mitt," she said. "People know Jim Matheson is supporting Barack Obama … and I know people know I support Mitt Romney and I also know now that people know Mitt Romney is supporting me. From that point, people can go out and make their decisions."


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