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November 2, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Utah's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 4 1

SALT LAKE CITY: Utah: Utah has four U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012 and one U.S. Senate seat. After the 2010 census, the district map was re-drawn to add a fourth district to the U.S. House, adding a new seat for the 2012 elections. The 1st and 3rd district incumbents are running for re-election in their districts, which are both Republican held seats. The incumbent for the 2nd district decided to run for the newly created 4th district seat instead.

According to the New York Times, the newly created 4th district seat is a toss-up.[1] Real Clear Politics further ranks the seat as the 42nd most competitive race out of 50 races in the U.S. House election.[2]

Currently, the Democratic Party holds one Congressional seat and the Republican Party holds two; one new district was added so the fourth seat is a toss-up. The U.S. Senate seat is currently held by Republican Orrin Hatch.

In Utah, the polls are open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM local time.[3]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Incumbent Orrin Hatch (R) is running for re-election and was first elected to the office in 1977. Both Hatch and Democratic nominee Scott Howell faced opposition in their primaries which were held on June 26. In addition to Howell, one Constitution Party candidate and two Independent candidates are also seeking the open Senate seat. According to race ratings, Utah's U.S. Senate race is considered a solid Republican seat and Hatch is expected to be re-elected easily.

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Utah Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Scott Howell
Republican Party Orrin Hatch
Constitution Party Shaun McCausland
Independent Bill Barron
Independent Daniel Geery
Orrin Hatch Pending Pending

U.S. House

Republicans are targeting incumbent Jim Matheson (D) in the 4th district. Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is looking to unseat Matheson. Love raised more than $1 million in the third reporting quarter. She nearly doubled Matheson's total figures for that quarter. Love would be the first minority elected to the U.S. House from Utah. A recent poll showed Love with a double-digit lead heading into the election.[4]

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Donna McAleer
Republican Party Rob Bishop
Constitution Party Sherry Phipps
Rob Bishop Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party Jay Seegmiller
Republican Party Chris Stewart
Constitution Party Jonathan Garrard
Independent Joseph Andrade
Independent Charles Kimball
Jim Matheson Pending Pending
3rd Democratic Party Soren Simonsen
Republican Party Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz Pending Pending
4th Democratic Party Jim Matheson
Republican Party Mia Love
Libertarian Party Jim Vein
N/A Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Utah -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 2 3
Total 3 4
 Congressional Redistricting Map 

For more information, view Redistricting in Utah.


See also