Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who made her debut on the national stage at the Republican National Convention, leads Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, by 6 points in a new poll, as the veteran House member struggles to distance himself from his party in Republican-friendly Utah.
A Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows Love up 49 percent to 43 percent, with 8 percent of voters undecided. The survey of 414 likely voters, which was conducted Sept. 26-29 by the Republican polling firm Dan Jones & Associates, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.
This survey follows a poll conducted for Love's campaign last week that showed her up 15 points, a strong shift from previous polling conducted in June and July that showed Matheson ahead by more than 10 points.
Matheson has struggled to portray himself as an independent, while Love has
increasingly sought to link him to President Obama and congressional Democrats. Matheson on Monday declined to tell The Daily Herald of Provo which presidential candidate he would support in the fall.
The Democrat said he would be among the first to reach out to Romney should he win in November. Matheson went on to link himself to the Republican nominee, delineating a number of programs — from student loans to military aid to Israel — that Love wants to cut. "Mitt Romney and I don't," Matheson said.