Utah's US Rep. Chaffetz re-elected to second term

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The freshman Republican congressman who garnered publicity for sleeping on a cot in his Washington office has been re-elected to represent Utah's 3rd Congressional District.

Based on early returns, Jason Chaffetz easily defeated Democratic challenger Karen Hyer.

Hyer is a former lifetime Republican who said she voted for Chaffetz in 2008 but switched her allegiance this year to challenge the 43-year-old former college football kicker and marketing executive.

Among the 69-year-old Hyer's complaints: Chaffetz doesn't live in the district he represents.

Chaffetz lives about two miles from the district boundary in Alpine and dismissed the criticism as hyperbole.

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