Matheson, Latham, Wolf retirements shake up the race for House control

by Cameron Joseph, The Hill
December 18, 2013

Longtime Reps. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) announced Tuesday they would not run for reelection, shaking up the race for the House.

Matheson’s retirement hands Republicans a near-certain pickup in a heavily Republican district, but Democrats believe they can pick up both Wolf’s and Latham’s seats as they seek to win the House back from Republicans.

Matheson’s and Latham’s retirements were both surprising.

The former was gearing up for a rematch against Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R), whom he defeated in 2012. The latter defeated longtime Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell just last year after their districts were merged.

Matheson represents the most Republican district of any Democrat in Congress. Mitt Romney won it with 67 percent of the vote in last year’s presidential race, and Love, who nearly beat Matheson in 2012, has been pulling in big fundraising totals.

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