Once rising GOP star, Utah’s Mia Love loses seat to Democrat
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s Mia Love became the latest Republican incumbent to fall in the Democratic wave of the midterm election that has seen more than three dozen GOP-held seats flipped across the country.
According to results posted Tuesday, Democrat Ben McAdams defeated Love by fewer than 700 votes.
McAdams touted himself as a moderate, and not a typical Democrat, in a pitch that seemed to resonate in the mostly suburban Salt Lake City district.
Love, the first and only black female Republican in Congress, had been seeking a third term. She finished about 20 votes short of being able to request a recount.
State elections officials say voter turnout was at about 74 percent — the highest for any midterm election in Utah since 1962.