The Latest: Rep. Love says she'll call Democrat who beat her

November 20, 2018 - 7:13 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Republican Mia Love losing her U.S. House seat (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

Republican Rep. Mia Love says she will be calling Democrat Ben McAdams after final election results show he defeated her to flip the U.S. House race in deep-red Utah.

Love said in a statement Tuesday night that she is traveling with her family for the Thanksgiving and will hold a news conference Monday in Salt Lake City to speak about the race.

She didn't openly concede or congratulate McAdams in the statement, but she also didn't say she would challenge the results.

Love lost to McAdams by fewer than 700 votes. She needed about 20 more votes to be able to request a recount.

Love, the first and only black female Republican in Congress, was seeking her third term.

She thanked everyone, no matter how they voted, for being part of the process.

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5:06 p.m.

Democrat Ben McAdams has flipped a U.S. House seat in deep-red Utah, defeating incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love by less than 700 votes in a race that took two weeks to settle.

Final results posted Tuesday showed McAdams defeated Love by a margin barely over what would have been needed to require a recount.

The back and forth race had been too close to call for The Associated Press until the final votes were tallied. State election officials will certify the results next Monday.

McAdams adds to the Democratic majority in a year when they've flipped more than three dozen Republican-held seats across the country.

He declared victory Monday night after a release of ballots gave him a margin his campaign believed was insurmountable.

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