Mitt Romney may have lost his chance at the White House on Tuesday, but, as expected, Utah voters showed their 2002 Olympics savior and adopted son that he's still a winner here a big winner. That the state's six electoral votes would go to Romney, a Mormon in Mormon country, was as close to a sure thing as it gets in politics.
Still, the Republican challenger's popularity at the polls did not quite match the record 75 percent of the state's presidential vote posted by Ronald Reagan in 1984. Had it done so, perhaps Romney's long coattails would have proven long enough to drag right-wing Republican Mia Love to victory over Rep. Jim Matheson. They were not, and Matheson barely won a seventh term.
For years, Matheson has managed to frustrate efforts by the Utah Republican Party to oust the lone Democrat from the state's Congressional delegation. He did so with a voting record against Obamacare, for example that in most states would make him a moderate Republican. But this is Utah, of course, where even moderate Republicans don't always claim to be.