10/08/2012 10:40 am ET Updated Oct 08, 2012

Jon Huntsman Sr. Endorses Democrat Jim Matheson In Utah Congressional Race

Jon Huntsman, Sr., a wealthy industrialist and a Republican, is endorsing Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) over Republican rising star Mia Love in Utah's 4th congressional district.

"The Matheson and Huntsman families have enjoyed three generations of respected association," Huntsman said in a statement released on Friday afternoon, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "[Rep. Jim Matheson] is a conservative 'Blue Dog' congressional leader from Utah who represents our state very well."

Huntsman is the father of Jon Huntsman Jr., who previously served as Utah's governor and ran in the Republican presidential primary this election cycle.

Another Huntsman son, David, also endorsed Matheson, as did Abby Huntsman, who is the daughter of Jon Huntsman Jr. and works at HuffPost Live.

Although the Salt Lake Tribune notes that Huntsman Sr. is a "lifelong Republican," he has occasionally donated to Democrats in the past, including fellow Mormon Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Love is one of the Republican Party's top prospects, and she is narrowly leading Matheson in the most recent poll.

Utah gained a fourth congressional district after redistricting following the 2010 census. When Matheson's 2nd congressional district was divided into four parts, he moved to the newly created 4th district.

(h/t: Morning Score)



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