Utah’s 4th District race hits the airwaves


SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Experts say the 4th Congressional District is the only competitive race for Utah’s congressional delegation and it’s starting to get more visible.

As an ABC4 Utah viewer, you have likely noticed the new campaign commercials running for Representative Mia Love and Democratic challenger Ben McAdams.

It’s the latest step in a heated battle to represent the district.

Jason Perry, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says the race has been within the margin of error the entire time and it will stay that way to the end.

“This is the one race in the state of Utah where there is still a chance for the Democrats to make a play. She’s still up in the polls, but it’s within the margin. Both candidates have to take this job very seriously,” he said.

Perry says we are starting to see the strategy from both candidates.

He says Representative Love is bringing in the Holt family to show she can get things done.

He says McAdams is showing he’s all about family.

“What we are seeing now is that every candidate wants to define themselves before their opponent gets a chance to do it. That’s what these commercials are about and it’s pretty clear where these candidates are.”

He says the race is so close, in part, because of the makeup of the district, and that’s why both candidates must strike a bipartisan tone.

“Both of them are trying to show I am a person you can vote for even if you are on the other side of the aisle, and the reality is in this race both of them need someone from the other side of the aisle to vote for them to win.”

Real Clear Politics has this race ranked as a toss-up.

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