Lyons: 4th district could benefit Democrats, cause problems for Rep. Matheson

It looks like Utah will be picking up a fourth seat in Congress now that 2010 Census figures have been released. That means the Republican-dominated Utah legislature will be divvying up legislative districts and several different scenarios have been discussed.There are few Democrats in Utah but Utah State University Political Science Professor Mike Lyons says one plan could be to put them all in one district.On KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday, Lyons said Utah’s only Democratic Representative, Jim Matheson, D-District 2, could be in a problematic situation.”If he is given a Salt Lake County District that is solidly Democratic, he conceivably could stay in office indefinitely,” Lyons explained. “But, such a plan might result in Liberal inter-party opposition from say, perhaps, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. “And Matheson might not be able to withstand an Anderson challenge in a largely-Liberal Salt Lake district.”Lyons says Matheson might then decide to run for United States Senate. Right now, Lyons says, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-District 3, is considering running against fellow Republican incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch.Lyons says it would be easier for Matheson to run against Chaffetz than Hatch.

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