Mia Love vs Ben McAdams headlines Utah election

Published 11-07-2018

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

While Romney breezed to victory over Democrat Jenny Wilson to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Love vs. McAdams matchup was tight as in early returns.

At Love's election night party south of Salt Lake City in Lehi, kids played with orange and white balloons that decorated the hotel conference room as their parents waited for results and prepared for a long night.

"It always turns into a long, drawn-out process," said Jason Love, Mia Love's husband. "We're feeling good. It's been a very competitive campaign. We know that, unfortunately, the 4th district is always a close race."

At the election party for Democrats in Salt Lake City, McAdams supporters smiled and dabbed in front of a cardboard cutout the Salt Lake County mayor and former state lawmaker.

"We're optimistic - cautiously optimistic," McAdams said, just before polls closed.

The race 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 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 was 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 aga

The race 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 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 was 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 -were

McAdams 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 was 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 -were expected to easily win re-election.

Bishop soundly defeated Democrat Lee Castillo and Eric Eliason of the United Utah Party to win a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Curtis and Stewart were also leading in early returns.

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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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Associated Press writers Tiffany Caldwell in Lehi, Utah, and Emily Anderson in Salt Lake City contributed to this story.

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

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