Mitt Romney’s swing from conservative underdog to presidential contender has complicated the political landscape for a handful of moderate Democrats who were banking on tepid Republican turnout in their traditionally red states.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the Republican stronghold of Utah where Romney’s surge in the national polls has reenergized the electorate and frustrated the political fortunes of Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson.
President Barack Obama, insiders say, has become an albatross for endangered Democrats such as Matheson, who has been forced to walk a political tightrope as he battles against Republican superstar Mia Love, a candidate whose national appeal has turned the race into a dead heat, according to the latest polls.
Many Utah political insiders expect that Matheson—once a vocal Obama ally—may throw a “hail Mary” pass by publicly endorsing Romney as he seeks to sway the independent and conservative voters who could tip the race in his favor.
Washington Free Beacon Reporter Adam Kredo joins Rod at 4:05 to talk about his story..
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