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Matheson Sets Spending Record in Retaining Seat

Matheson Sets Spending Record in Retaining Seat

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Democratic Representative Jim Matheson spent more than two (M) million dollars to retain his seat in the November election.

That appears to set a new record in spending in a Utah congressional race.

Matheson won a third term by defeating Republican challenger John Swallow by 14 percentage points. Swallow spent a (M) million-and-a-half dollar in his second attempt to unseat Matheson.

The spending exceeds a previous record set in 1996 by third District Congressman Chris Cannon. He spent one-point-eight (M) million dollars million to defeat then-incumbent Democrat Bill Orton.

Cannon's brother, Utah Republican Party Chairman Joe Cannon, still holds the overall record for campaign spending in Utah. He spent six (M) million dollars in the 1992 Senate race, losing to Bob Bennett in the Republican primary.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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