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Mia Love Looks to Put Up Bigger Numbers in 2016

Love is facing a rematch against the Democrat she beat in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Utah’s 4th District appears to be as red as they come. Mitt Romney carried it by 37 points in 2012. But last cycle, in a blowout year for Republicans around the country, GOP Rep. Mia Love carried it by only 5 points.  

That was reason enough for attorney Doug Owens, who lost to Love in November, to launch a rematch campaign this July.  

Is This a House Race, or Just a Rumor?

House Democrats recently spent $100,000 on radio ads for Capps. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In what is already a strange cycle, operatives on both sides are bracing for surprises on election night.  

Rumors flew last week about a surprise poll or errant television reservation that could spell doom for an incumbent considered a safe bet for re-election a week ago.  

For House GOP, a Wave ... Or a Trickle?

Kirkpatrick is one of the most endangered Democrats this cycle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are on track to make gains this cycle, but two weeks before Election Day, it's still unclear whether the party will procure a wave of double-digit gains in their quest to extend the majority.  

Members of Congress and operatives alike note this is a toxic time for Democrats on the ballot that should result in huge losses for the president's party. But a race-by-race evaluation of the House map shows Republicans are more likely in a position to pick up a net of around six seats this cycle.  

Republicans Circulate List of Top Female House Candidates

Wagner is a Missouri Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The end of primary season is nigh, and Republicans are now optimistic their slate of House candidates will yield a net gain of female members in the conference after November.   

Republicans are now focusing their efforts on a specific slate of top female candidates with a strong chance of coming to Congress.   

Mia Love Eyes Congressional Black Caucus (Video Interview)

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Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, a safe bet to win her Utah House race this fall, expressed interest in joining the Congressional Black Caucus in a recent CQ Roll Call interview.  

Mia Love Clinches GOP Nomination for Congress

Love won her party's nod for the House in Utah. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love earned ample support from Utah Republicans on Saturday to win her party's nod for the House — and most likely become the GOP's first black congresswoman.  

One of the GOP's most-touted prospects , Love received 78 percent of the delegate votes and put away the nomination at this year's state Republican convention, according to the Deseret News . Her primary rival, businessman Bob Fuehr , garnered about 22 percent of the vote.  

The Businessman Taking On Mia Love (Video)

The candidate:  Businessman Bob Fuehr The member:  Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson is retiring from Congress after seven terms. The district:  Utah's 4th is House Republicans' most certain pickup this cycle. Matheson had a unique political brand and without him in the equation, the battle to watch for this seat is the GOP nomination process. Fuehr will face off against Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love.

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Mia Love Is Clear Front-Runner for Matheson Seat

Love is running for Congress for a second time. (Chris Maddaloni CQ/Roll Call File Photo)

For an ambitious Republican, there is no more attractive House seat than that of retiring Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah — but the congressman's former foe could be strong enough to hold off a run on the seat.

Matheson's retirement announcement Tuesday turned a top GOP pickup opportunity into a seat for which national Democrats may not compete for the foreseeable future. No names of potential candidates emerged in the immediate aftermath, but anyone jumping in now would face a truncated timeline and a challenging race for the GOP nomination ahead.

Democrat Jim Matheson Announces Retirement (Updated)

Matheson is retiring. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:00 p.m. | Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, announced on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that he "will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives."

This essentially takes his seat — the heavily Republican 4th District — out of play for Democrats.

House Republicans Put 36 Recruits 'On the Radar'