Election 2012: Mia Love on track to becoming 1st black Republican woman elected to Congress
“As a congresswoman, she would have so much more to offer: successful former mayor, the product of a successful immigration story and a thoughtful, dynamic conservative,” Davis said.
Amid the nation’s shifting demographics, the GOP has focused more on reaching out to Hispanics than African American voters, who have supported President Barack Obama in overwhelming numbers.
To enter the history books, Love must topple Matheson, the son of a popular former governor, in a state where more than nine in 10 people are white. For a decade, a series of white Republican men have been unable to knock off Matheson, a fiscally conservative “Blue Dog” Democrat who has beaten far more recognizable names in Utah politics.
Since the convention, Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have helped Love raise money. Mitt Romney’s son, Josh, is her campaign chairman.
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