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Matheson Way Ahead of Swallow in New Poll

Matheson Way Ahead of Swallow in New Poll

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A new poll finds Democratic U-S Representative Jim Matheson leading Republican challenger John Swallow by a wide margin in the second congressional district.

The Salt Lake Tribune poll, conducted with 400 voters from September 24th to September 29th, found Matheson leading his rival 55 percent to 30 percent.

Other results give Republicans U-S Senator Bob Bennett and U-S Representatives Chris Cannon and Rob Bishop a wide lead over their challengers.

Matheson isn't taking his lead for granted. In a few months of campaigning two years ago, Swallow closed a 30-point gap to come within one-thousand, 600 votes of winning.

Both camps expect the race to narrow in the next month. About 13 percent of voters are still undecided.

In the other congressional races, Utah voters put Bishop, the first-term first District Republican, ahead of Steve Thompson, a Democratic Logan city councilman, 54 percent to 21 percent.

Cannon's seat also looks secure. The third District Republican leads Democratic South Salt Lake City police Captain Beau Babka 58 percent to 21 percent.

However, a lot of voters are still undecided.

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

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