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The House delegation is currently three Republicans to the lone Democrat. But Republicans are expected to win Matheson’s seat this year, with Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love the front-runner.
Some Republicans were perplexed about the future of Rep. Rob Bishop’s safely Republican 1st District. At least one consultant worried about the development of political talent in the district that would one day step up to replace the 62-year-old incumbent.
If the freshman Stewart ever left his 2nd District, Republicans named former state Speaker Dave Clark, St. George Mayor Jon Pike and Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson as possible successors.
If Chaffetz runs for the Senate, Republican operatives point to his former campaign manager, state Sen. Deidre Henderson, as a possible successor in the 3rd District. They also name Lockhart as a contender there.
Utah’s 4th District has the most interesting action in Utah this cycle, as Love and businessman Bob Fuehr face off for the GOP nod. Beyond 2014, GOP operatives pointed to Cox, state Rep. Dan McCay, Osmond and Wright as possible contenders for the seat down the road.
National Republicans are betting big on Love, though. As an African-American, she offers diversity to the national party.
“If she gets elected, there’s no telling how far she could go,” Henderson said.
Farm Team is a weekly state-by-state look at the up-and-coming politicos who may eventually run for Congress.