Utah Republican Mia Love has pulled ahead of Democratic congressman Jim Matheson, according to an internal poll released by the Love campaign. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Love leads Matheson 51 percent to 36 percent; the same poll found Matheson leading Love 51 percent to 38 percent in July, before Love's well received address to the Republican National Convention.
If elected, Love would be Utah's first black member of Congress as well as the first black female Republican member of Congress. Not that she would notice much:
Love doesn’t seem too eager to trade on this “first.” She does say she doesn’t consider herself a victim and doesn’t single others out for their race or gender. “My job is to treat people equally,” she says. When I ask her about the prospect of being the first black Republican woman in the House, she replies rhetorically, “Do you find it interesting?”