Mia Love vs Ben McAdams headlines Utah election

Published 11-06-2018

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Senate hopeful Mitt Romney is the marquee name on the Utah ballot this midterm election, but the most compelling race is Democrat Ben McAdams' bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love and flip the congressional district.

While Romney is expected to breeze to victory to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Love vs. McAdams matchup is expected to be so tight it may not be decided on election night.

The race has triggered a seemingly endless stream of mailers and TV and radio ads with the two trading barbs over trustworthiness, campaign finances and health care.

Love had spent $5 million during the election cycle through Oct. 25, while McAdams spent $2.6 million, according to Federal Election Commission data.

McAdams, the Salt Lake County mayor and former state lawmaker, has tried to tout himself as a moderate in hopes of appealing to independent voters who are narrowly outnumbered by Republican voters in the 4th Congressional District. GOP voters outnumber Democrats nearly 3-1 in the district that includes several politically mixed suburbs of Salt Lake City.

He's hoping to siphon some GOP votes while riding Democratic enthusiasm this midterm election to do what Doug Owens couldn't do in 2014 and 2016: defeat Love.

The district was held until 2014 by Democrat Jim Matheson, who decided not to run again.

Love has been considered a rising GOP star since her victory that year over Doug Owens, which made her the only black Republican woman in Congress.

Love has been stressing her independence from President Donald Trump as she seeks a third term in the conservative state where many voters remain uncomfortable with the president's demeanor and comments.

She has touted tax cuts as a benefit of a Republican House majority while working to tie McAdams to national Democrats.

The state's other three Republican congressmen - Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Chris Stewart -are expected to easily win re-election.

Romney, the former GOP presidential nominee, is the heavy favo

The district was held until 2014 by Democrat Jim Matheson, who decided not to run again.

Love has been considered a rising GOP star since her victory that year over Doug Owens, which made her the only black Republican woman in Congress.

Love has been stressing her independence from President Donald Trump as she seeks a third term in the conservative state where many voters remain uncomfortable with the president's demeanor and comments.

She has touted tax cuts as a benefit of a Republican House majority while working to tie McAdams to national Democrats.

The state's other three Republican congressmen - Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Chris Stewart -are expected to easily win re-election.

Romney, the former GOP presidential nominee, is the heavy favorite against Democrat Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County council. Romney is trying to return to politics and assume the seat being left vacant by Hatch, who is retiring after serving more than 40 years in the Senate.

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This story has been corrected to show that Mia Love did not defeat Jim Matheson in 2014. Matheson opted not to run again, and Love defeated Democrat Doug Owens.

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For AP's complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics

Love has been stressing her independence from President Donald Trump as she seeks a third term in the conservative state where many voters remain uncomfortable with the president's demeanor and comments.

She has touted tax cuts as a benefit of a Republican House majority while working to tie McAdams to national Democrats.

The state's other three Republican congressmen - Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Chris Stewart -are expected to easily win re-election.

Romney, the former GOP presidential nominee, is the heavy favorite against Democrat Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County council. Romney is trying to return to politics and assume the seat being left vacant by Hatch, who is retiring after serving more than 40 years in the Senate.

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This story has been corrected to show that Mia Love did not defeat Jim Matheson in 2014. Matheson opted not to run again, and Love defeated Democrat Doug Owens.

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For AP's complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics

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