National Democrats are touting a poll in solid-red Utah, claiming that six-term Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch could be in for a close race against a potential opponent, Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson.
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The poll, conducted by Dem pollster Anzalone Liszt Research for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, gives Hatch 48% support, putting the incumbent under the key 50% threshold, to 42% for Matheson. The DSCC also says: "After voters hear a balanced amount of information about each candidate, the race narrows to just 2 points (46% Hatch, 44% Matheson)."
The poll also gives Hatch a personal favorable rating of 57%, with a job approval of 62%. Matheson's ratings are slightly higher, with a 64% favorable rating, and 66% job approval.
To be clear, Matheson is not in the race at this time, but the Dems have hoped to recruit him.