Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) narrowly leads his Republican challengers in his redrawn, heavily Republican district, according to a new poll conducted for the Salt Lake Tribune.
Matheson leads one of his rivals by just 1 percentage point and doesn't crack the 50 percent threshold against any of them.
Republicans greatly altered the longtime congressman's district during redistricting, and while both his old district and the new one are heavily Republican, he's now running in an area that only includes a small portion of his old territory.
But he's won tough elections, handily defeating his 2010 opponent despite the year's GOP wave. His family name is also well-known around Utah — his father is a former governor.
One other good piece of news for the congressman: He's kept up a strong fundraising pace while his opponents have struggled. None raised even $100,000 in the last quarter, pitiful hauls even in the inexpensive district.