Mia Love Clinches GOP Nomination for Congress

Love won her party's nod for the House in Utah. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love earned ample support from Utah Republicans on Saturday to win her party's nod for the House — and most likely become the GOP's first black congresswoman.  

One of the GOP's most-touted prospects , Love received 78 percent of the delegate votes and put away the nomination at this year's state Republican convention, according to the Deseret News . Her primary rival, businessman Bob Fuehr , garnered about 22 percent of the vote.  

In Utah , GOP candidates who meet a 60 percent threshold at the convention can bypass a June primary. The all-day convention took place in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.  

Love is running to succeed  her former foe, retiring Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah. Matheson announced his retirement  late last year — a departure that all but certainly threw the seat into the GOP's column The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

Last cycle, Mitt Romney won Utah's 4th District by a 37-point margin. That same year, Matheson defeated Love by 768 votes.  

Love's convention victory will likely bolster the party's image with women and minorities.  

It is also a second win in one day for Project GROW, a program created to help female GOP candidates. Earlier on Saturday, state Del. Barbara Comstock won the Republican nomination for a competitive House district in northern Virginia.  

Earlier this week, the project had a setback in a Florida special election.