The Washington Times - July 9, 2012, 12:14PM

Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah’s lone Democrat in Congress, holds a double-digit lead over highly touted GOP challenger Mia Love in his bid for a seventh House term, a new poll shows.

The results of a Deseret News/KSL-TV poll of registered voters in Utah’s new 4th Congressional District released Monday shows Mr. Matheson with 53 percent of the vote, compared with Mrs. Love’s 38 percent.

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Eight percent of those surveyed in the poll said they were undecided in the November match-up. The poll surveyed only 379 voters — a small batch by polling standards — and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 5.1 percent.

Some pollsters say the race is much tighter than the Deseret News/KSL-TV suggests. The Cook Political Report rates the contest a toss-up, while a Salt Lake Tribune poll from April showed Mr. Matheson with only a 3 percentage-point lead, with 13 percent of those surveyed undecided.

Mrs. Love, the Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants and the mayor of Saratoga Springs, has attracted attention and donations from Republicans across the country, including a fundraising event Friday night at an exclusive Park City golf club attended by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

The GOP-controlled state legislature didn’t make things easy for Mr. Matheson’s re-election by carving up his former congressional district, leading the conservative Democrat to run in the more conservative new 4th Congressional District.