Doug Wright and District 2
Republicans have learned their District 2 lesson: Avoid a convention conflict at all costs. That's why Rep. LaVar Christensen is being pressured to stay out of the race against Congressman Jim Matheson. Rep. Christensen is well known and would likely make a strong showing at the convention. He will also tie up much of the fundraising resources of the Utah State Republican Party. This would complicate the plans of Doug Wright, who has decided to run and who many Republican insiders believe has the public profile to bring home the restless, fence- hopping Republican voters of District 2. An early Republican coronation, however, wouldn't signal the end of Doug Wright's problems. Congressman Matheson spent almost $2 million in his last race, so Wright needs that much at minimum. Doug Wright, however, doesn't have the political network to raise that kind of money. He'll need to rely on powerful benefactors who can donate their networks, and he'll need them unencumbered by rival candidates.