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The National Republican Campaign Committee already is targeting the 2014 House race with an online ad calling the Democrat “out of touch.”

Mr. Matheson has used the early opposition to drum up fundraising support. “This one was critical with outside groups already targeting our race and opponents lining up,” he said in an email to donors, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

“He leaves nothing to chance. But Mia Love is very interesting,” Mr. Jowers said. “If Matheson could pick anyone other than Mia Love to run against, I think he’d pick curtain No. 2.”