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Utah's 4th District congressional candidates face-off at first debate

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Freshman Rep. Ben McAdams(left) will face GOP candidate Burgess Owens (left) Monday night for their first debate. (Photo: McAdam's office and Burgess Owens' campaign){ }

Freshman Rep. Ben McAdams will face GOP candidate Burgess Owens Monday night for their first debate.


Both men are hoping to represent Utah's 4th District for at least the next two years.

This race is expected to be one of the most competitive races in the country.

A recent Utah Debate Commission poll showed McAdams has a 10 point lead. Here are the results:

  • McAdams (Democrat): 47.2%
  • Owens (Republican): 36.7%
  • John Molnar (Libertarian): 1.8%
  • Jonia Broderick (United Utah Party): 0.4%
  • Other: 0.2%
  • Undecided: 13.7%

Lighthouse Research, a Salt Lake City polling firm, conducted the survey Aug. 31 to Sept. 12.

KUTV 2News did not commission or participate in this study and could not verify its results or findings.

The members of the UTDC polling committee include Jay DeSart, UVU; David Magleby, BYU; Kendall Stilles, BYU; and Robert Ross, USU. The sample for each congressional district included 500 voters, drawn randomly from the voter registration list obtained from the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office in August.

The threshold for participation in the debate, set by the UTDC Board of Directors, was 10 percent. However, with the margin of error of 4.38 percent, candidates who achieved 5.62 percent in the poll in their race qualified for an invitation, according to UTDC.

The debate will be livestream on KUTV.com and CBS at 6 p.m.