Love Hopes To Be 1st Black GOP Woman in Congress

Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love addresses the Republican National Convention Aug. 28 in Tampa, Fla.

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To enter the history books, Love must topple Matheson, the son of a popular former governor, in a state where more than nine in 10 people are white. For a decade, a series of white Republican men have been unable to knock off Matheson, a fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" Democrat who has beaten far more recognizable names in Utah politics.

Since the convention, Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have helped Love raise money. Mitt Romney's son, Josh, is her campaign chairman.

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Miga reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Shannon Dininny contributed to this report.

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