Love said that Utahns don't believe that the federal government should run schools, control land, regulate business and require citizens to buy health care "by force." But Matheson, she said, didn't oppose federal encroachment in those areas.
"He betrayed our values," she said.
"The message of the Democrats is that the American dream is over. The government is all you have. Give up your dreams and the government will save you," she said. "We know here in Utah that none of that is true."
Wimmer said delegates asked him if he can beat Matheson.
"I believe that is the wrong question. The right question is can Jim Matheson beat me?" he said. "Jim Matheson and his liberal cronies in Washington don't understand one truth: There is nothing the American people will not sacrifice … to protect the American dream for our children and grandchildren."
Kenneth Gray, former state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, and attorney Jay Cobb were eliminated in the first round of voting.
Sandstrom had pitched himself as a complete candidate, with experience as a Marine, a state legislator and business owner.
"I am the only candidate in this race with a full range of experience to deliver the results we need," Sandstrom said.
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