DEMS Flip Another House Seat, Utah Congressman Mia Love Loses Reelection Bid To Ben McAdams

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Democrat Ben McAdams has flipped a U.S. House seat in deep-red Utah, defeating incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love by fewer than 700 votes in a race that took two weeks to settle.
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McAdams defeated Love by a margin barely over what would have been needed to require a recount, according to final results posted Tuesday.

 

McAdams’ victory adds to the Democratic majority in a year when they’ve flipped more than three dozen Republican-held seats across the country to win control of the House of Representatives.

The race had been too close to call for The Associated Press until the final votes were tallied. State election officials will certify the results next Monday.

 

McAdams declared victory Monday night after a release of ballots gave him a margin his campaign believed was insurmountable.

 

“This race was about connecting with Utah,” he said. “This race was about who was best positioned to serve Utah and working to not get it caught up in a national, partisan election.”

 

Love, the first and only black female Republican in Congress, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She was seeking a third term.

 

Love finished about 20 votes short of being able to request a recount in a race where about 269,000 votes were cast.

 

This is the second time she has lost a bid for Congress by a razor thin margin. In her first run in 2012, Love lost to incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson by 768 votes. She went on to defeat Democrat Doug Owens in 2014 and again in 2016.

 

For McAdams, it’s a victory that validates his reputation as an emerging political force in Utah.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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