A two-term Republican congresswoman lost her seat in suburban Salt Lake City on Tuesday, the Associated Press projected, after President Trump publicly mocked her as a loser.
Rep. Mia Love (Utah) was defeated by Democrat Ben McAdams by 694 votes in the toss-up race. McAdams currently serves as the mayor of Salt Lake County and was previously a member of the Utah Senate.
McAdams’s win adds to Democrats’ new majority in the House.
“We are confident there is no way Rep. Love will retake the lead,” McAdams said at a news conference Tuesday, according to the Deseret News. “. . . I think it’s time now for us to put partisanship behind us, and the election behind us.”
Trump had called out Love by name at a combative White House news conference the day after Election Day, criticizing her and other defeated Republicans and suggesting they lost because they did not sufficiently “embrace” him.
“Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost,” Trump said. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”
At that time, the race had not been called.
Love, who first won election in 2014, had initially trailed McAdams by 6,700 votes in the days after the election. She significantly narrowed the gap as more ballots continued to be counted and eventually filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the counting of ballots in Salt Lake County until her campaign was granted the right to challenge alleged signature discrepancies on some ballots. A judge dismissed the legal challenge Friday.
McAdams erased Love’s gains as provisional ballots from Salt Lake County were counted.
Love is the only black female Republican in Congress, and her loss underscored the increasing homogeneity of the party’s lawmakers, particularly in the House.