Live Blog: Utah Democratic Headquarters
With 63.5% of precincts reporting, Dem Jim Matheson has 48.84% of votes to Rep. Mia Love’s 48.7% in 4th Congressional District election.
Outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon says the Democrats have some great candidates and he hopes Utahns will vote for the candidate rather than the party:
“Ben McAdams is a great candidate and we have some other great candidates in the party as well.”
On getting more people to vote for Democrats in Utah:
“You need a 2×4 on the side of some people’s heads to let them know that Democrats represent the state of Utah well.”
NEW: Utah College Exit Poll projects Gary Herbert has won the gubernatorial election.
Utah College Exit Poll projects Rob Bishop will win 1st District, Chris Stewart will win 2nd District, Jason Chaffetz will win 3rd.
Local results are starting to come in. For the latest numbers, visit http://fox13now.com/2012/11/06/local-election-results/
via @BenWinslow: Seegmiller wishes his campaign had gotten more attention, says Matheson/Love sucked up the air.
Jay Seegmiller, candidate for Utah’s Second District:
“I think we’ve done everything we can and now it’s the people’s say.”
“Our whole campaign has been about creating jobs.”
When asked about redistricting, Seegmiller said:
“None of the districts favor a Democrat. The nice thing is that the people in the 2nd District have been people that have voted for both Republicans and Democrats.”
Salt Lake County Mayoral Candidate Ben McAdams says he’s been out trying to get the Democratic base out and voting and encouraging undecided voters to consider voting Democratic.
“Our polling right now shows me with a 4 percent lead and we’re confident we’re going to be able to hold on to that, but we don’t know. It all depends on who turns out to vote.”
Ben Winslow talked to Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis, who is cautiously optimistic.
“We’re feeling really confident. Ben McAdams is clearly going to be a great mayor. Jim Matheson really one of the last of the true independents who isn’t about bickering and all that Washington stuff but what’s best for Utah. We feel like we’ve got great candidates and we’re going to do surprisingly well.”
When asked about Democrats facing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the top of the GOP ticket:
“Let’s just say we hope it doesn’t happen every year. There’s this giant tidal wave that’s been forming and it’s out there. We recognize it. Whoever people vote for for president, we hope that they’ll look down through the rest of the candidates and realize that to have 80 percent of the legislature one party – kind of a smug, arrogant party – is not good for the state. When they vote for the State Senate and vote for the House of Representatives, vote for Democrats, put some foxes up there in the hen house to keep an eye on what’s going on at the Capitol.”
“The Republicans got their way. Redistricting has been terrible. But we’ve got great candidates. They’ve worked very hard. They’ve raised money and walked their neighborhoods. I hope that everyone, when they go out and vote, they remember to vote for Democrats so we can keep an eye on that legislature.”
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