SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s four congressmen are expected to cruise to victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections after Republican state lawmakers redrew the state’s political maps that expanded the party’s advantage.
The political and demographic landscape had long made three of the state’s four congressional districts almost sure bets for Republicans. ButThe other district is, which covers a suburban area that extends south from Salt Lake City Through several cities, including West Jordan, Lehi And Saratoga Springs They were always up for grabs, drawing national attention, piles upon piles of glossy mailers, and repeated attack ads on local television during college soccer. Major League Baseball’s World Series.
Not This is the year.
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Republican Burgess Owens, an ex-NFL player and one among two Black Republicans The U.S. House This is RepresentativesIt is highly likely that, will win the race in 4th Congressional District For Democrat Darlene McDonaldEven though he They were narrowly defeated Democrat Ben McAdams 2020
Former President Donald Trump In 2020, the same district won nine percentage points. But in 2019, it was only 26 percentage points more than what was drawn.
As As a result, candidates and independent political actions committees that have traditionally supported their campaigns have spent less time engaging. Utah voters. Outside McAdams was supported and attacked by $14.3 million of groups. Owens According to Open Secrets. This An insignificant $173,000. was spent by outside groups last year.
In 2020, Owens McAdams campaigns together spent $9.8 millions. This year, Owens As of December 31, 2013, had spent $3.4 Million Oct. McDonald had spent $114,000 — much of which came from $104,000 in funds she personally lent her campaign.
“When a district is not as competitive, candidates don’t have to worry about appealing to voters in order to hold on to their job,” McAdams is now employed at a University This is Utah He was a center for social impact investing, and last year he founded his own organization to help bridge political divides.
He It was noted that townhalls and other public events are more common in safer areas.
Owens Skipped Scheduled televised deliberations in the lead up to the primary election as well as last month. He Finalists participated in an untelevised, candidate organized substitute debate, where he and McDonald agreed on very little with each largely echoing their party’s talking points on inflation, abortion and infrastructure spending.
McAdams Mia LoveHis Republican From 2015 to 2019, the predecessor represented the district and tried to establish moderate reputations and differentiate themselves from their party members at times. Departing This is the pattern. Owens in television advertisements and at the debate focused on critical race theory, his opposition to transgender kids playing women’s sports and “Leftists” He co-opts school curriculums and institutions such as the military with ideologies he considers to be dangerous.
Utah Redistricting has not been the only change in the political landscape of the state of California. States Such as Oklahoma And ArkansasWhere? Democrats There was once a way to win in one congressional district.
Owens Converted to The Church This is Jesus Christ This is Latter-day Saints Near the end of his NFL career. He His childhood was spent growing up in segregation-era homes. Florida It is on the House Committee On Education And Labor The Judiciary Committee, who oversaw the impeachment proceedings against Trump.
McDonaldWho is also? Black, an author and community activist who is focused on education in the face of racial inequalities. Utah. She’s previously run for office twice, unsuccessfully.
Katie WrightThe executive director of the UtahAnti-gerrymandering group based in Canada Better BoundariesShe said that she believed the districts were “purposefully drawn to elevate the voice of some voters and dilute the voice of other voters.”
“I fear that this will create apathy and impact voter turnout,” Wright said.
Republicans who drew the districts have defended them, noting the state’s constitution gives lawmakers elected by voters — rather than a panel of appointees — redistricting power. They Also, the new congressional map places urban and rural voters in each district in a way which reflects Utah’s character.
Utah’s Three other U.S. Presidents House It is also expected that members will win easily.
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In the state’s 1st Congressional DistrictNorthern Utah This area includes Ogden And Logan, Moore Faces a challenge from Democrat Rick Jones.
In Utah’s 2nd Congressional DistrictThe spans from St. George Through the Salt Lake City suburbs, Stewart Is pitted against Democrat Nick Mitchell Two other candidates.
In The third Congressional District, Curtis Is it against? Democrat Glenn Wright And three additional candidates.