Politics

Ben McAdams Claims Victory Over Mia Love

Incumbent GOP rep hasn’t conceded; votes in the Utah’s 4th District to be certified Tuesday

Ben McAdams, Democratic candidate for Utah's 4th Congressional District, said his lead after the latest ballot tally is insurmountable. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Having secured a 739-vote lead as ballot counting in Utah finally draws to a close, Democratic challenger Ben McAdams declared victory over Republican Rep. Mia Love in a news conference Monday night. 

“We have looked at the numbers and the number of votes that are outstanding and we are confident at this point in the results of this election,” McAdams said.

Votes will be certified on Tuesday, and there are few ballots left to be tallied, election officials in the 4th District’s two largest counties told the Deseret News. 

The Associated Press and other news outlets have not yet called the race, which is one of four that are still too close to call two weeks after Election Day.

McAdams gained a narrow advantage after officials released new numbers from Salt Lake County, where he serves as the mayor. His lead stands at 0.28 percent. If it falls to 0.25 percent, Love can request a recount, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Love is laying low until after the Thanksgiving holiday, her campaign told the paper, but will make statements. In her only statement Monday night, she thanked her supporters for sticking with her through exhaustive ballot counting. 

“Thank you for your continued participation in the process,” she said.

McAdams said he hopes to reach Love on Tuesday.

“I do want to give her the space,” McAdams said Monday night. “I think she’s entitled to that.”

Love won her district handily in 2016, but faced a tough challenger in McAdams, a former family friend who tacked to the center.

Love was also damaged by a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission over the more than $1 million she raised for a primary race she allegedly knew she would not have. Love said the FEC cleared her of any wrongdoing.

McAdams signed onto a letter released Monday by centrist Democrats opposing presumptive Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's bid for the speakership when the party assumes control of the House in January. A McAdams win would further threaten her presumptive speakership. 

Watch: Pelosi Talks Midterm ‘Wave,’ Says She Has Votes for Speakership

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