Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, will run in Utah's newly created 4th District, he announced on Thursday, a move that ends speculation over the possibility of a statewide bid.
"I am excited to announce I will be running for re-election in the 4th Congressional District. The political boundaries of the district may be arbitrary, but the people, the communities and their priorities are real and well-known to me," Matheson said in a statement.
Rumors have swirled over the past few months over whether Matheson would run in his own, re-carved 2nd district, which became more Republican after redistricting , run for governor, or run in the 4th.
In his announcement, Matheson blasted the partisan redistricting process as he explained his decision to move.
"Most of us watched with disgust the political games played during the redistricting process," he said. "When the Utah legislature completed its work, the Congressional District I have had the privilege of representing no longer exists, and its citizens are spread among all four new districts."
The new 4th Distinct includes southwestern Salt Lake, a populous area. State Rep. Carl Wimmer, who has already been endorsed by the Club For Growth, is the early frontrunner in the race. Wimmer wasted no time going after Matheson after his announcement on Thursday.
"Is 'Bail-out' Jim Matheson actually willing to carpet-bag in order to maintain power? I look forward to this race," he tweeted.
State Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love and attorney Jay Cobb are also seeking the GOP nomination.
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