Ten years ago, Morgan Philpot brought his message of “Faith, Family, Future” to the Utah state legislature. Since then, Morgan has been a reliable, conservative leader for Utah. Now he’s running to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. We can count on Morgan to make the right choices to bring our country back. Please visit Morgan’s website at www.philpotforcongress.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
At least 10 known Utahns have posted their gratitude to Palin in response to the endorsement.
Apparently the Palin camp had been keeping an eye on Philpot's campaign for quite a while. But what may have prompted her to pull the trigger was a recent Utah Policy Poll which showed that although Jim Matheson had 46 percent, Philpot had 30 percent, with 20 percent still undecided. Considering that another Palin endorsee, Joe Miller, streaked from 40 points behind in just one month to defeat Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican primary on August 24th, a 16-point deficit hardly looks insurmountable. Even more cause for optimism has been generated by a KSL Channel 5 unscientific poll started on September 24th, which currently shows that 71 percent of the 1,055 respondents think Morgan Philpot has at least a good chance to beat Jim Matheson in November.
Philpot was grateful. “I am fortunate that Sarah Palin has endorsed me in Utah’s Congressional race. Her previous endorsements of key individuals have shown her track record of recognizing winning candidates. I am respectfully honored.” Philpot's campaign manager Lyall Swim said the announcement triggered a spike of hits on the Philpot campaign site, but Swim also said the next task was to translate that interest into dollars. According to the Federal Election Commission, as of June 30th, Matheson had more than $1.35 million in receipts to $112,323 for Philpot. It should also be noted that candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin have won 27 primary elections and lost only 11, so far.
Although Jim Matheson has yet to react to this story, conservative blogger Holly Richardson has been pounding away at him. In this post, she reveals that pro-Philpot and anti-Matheson campaign signs have been suddenly disappearing all over the district. And in this post, she's embedded a video showing Matheson getting a bit short-fused with a constituent. Is Matheson hearing footsteps?
Update October 18th: KSTU Channel 13 reported on a poll conducted by Utah Policy which shows that Republicans don't think Sarah Palin's endorsement is a "game changer". Most think it either creates a flurry of excitement, or that it simply doesn't matter.
Just a reminder -- there is one other candidate in the 2nd District race. Randall Hinton is representing the Constitution Party.