Yet another publication has rated Rep. Jim Hansen "vulnerable" in his re-election bid for the 1st Congressional District seat.
A story in Sunday editions of the Washington Post said Hansen, a seven-term congressman, is one of 18 "incumbents in trouble."The story was written by Sunshine Press Services and reaches its conclusions based largely on the money raised by Hansen opponent Bobbie Coray. It also uses mathematical formulas with data from 1,740 congressional elections from 1986 through 1992.
It says one-third of the 18 will beat their incumbent opponents but doesn't make any predictions about which ones.
Hansen was one of only 20 Republicans tagged similarly in an August edition of Congressional Quarterly's Weekly Report, a magazine that covers Congress.
Hansen, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, had a 33-point lead over Coray in the latest Deseret News/KSL poll. Still, the Democrat and former school-teacher insists last week's report is more proof she can beat the representative.
Meanwhile, both candidates have launched advertising campaigns.
Coray appears on two billboards, one along I-15 in Davis County and one near her headquarters at the south gate of Hill Air Force Base. She's also featured on a semi-truck that travels to football games and remote parts of the district.
Hansen has bought an I-15 billboard also in Davis County. Radio spots featuring comments from Iron County Attorney Scott Burns and a rural rancher are airing on four stations.
A campaign spokeswoman says TV ads will start around Saturday.