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The latest campaign-finance reports show the 4th Congressional District contest between Mia Love and Doug Owens remains by far the most aggressive battle in the state.
Love, the Republican, raised $320,600 in the first half of October and spent nearly twice that, largely on advertising, as she tries to claim the seat she narrowly lost in 2012, when she faced Rep. Jim Matheson.
Owens, her Democratic rival, raised $68,600 and spent $167,400 on his own ad campaign.
Love's most recent ads have highlighted the endorsements of former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. She also cut a new spot defending her education stance, which emphasizes local control.
Owens has run ads calling Love's past statements supporting the elimination of the federal Department of Education "extreme." His latest spot, which began this week on the radio, features Matheson, who remains popular with voters but decided against running for an eighth term.
"It is time to stop the partisan bickering in Washington and Doug Owens is part of the solution," Matheson says in the spot. "You supported me over the years because you know what is best for Utah. In this election, Doug Owens is what's best for Utah."
The reports also indicate that Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, who is seeking his second term in the 2nd Congressional District, has bought limited TV ads in his race against Democratic state Sen. Luz Robles, who has yet to file her pre-general election report. Democrat Donna McAleer, in her second attempt to unseat Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, in the 1st Congressional District, also spent money on TV ads, focusing on Comcast cable stations and KUTV.
Pre-General campaign finance reports
These reports, filed with the Federal Election Commission, covers the period from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15.
Doug Owens, D
Cash on hand: $90,700
Mia Love, R
Cash on hand: $485,000
Rep. Rob Bishop, R
Cash on hand: $65,300
Donna McAleer, D
Cash on hand: $36,000
Rep. Chris Stewart, R
Cash on hand: $177,200
(spent $100,000 on NRCC)
Luz Robles, D
has not yet filed
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R
Cash on hand: $319,700
Brian Wonnacott, D
has not yet filed