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.


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.