Two-term Rep. Mia Love (R-Saratoga Springs) has drawn a major opponent for her second re-election campaign. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams yesterday announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the purpose of challenging Ms. Love in the general election. The Congresswoman, while winning two of her three congressional campaigns, has under-performed the average Republican vote percentage. Therefore, against Mr. McAdams, who has won countywide as a Democrat, we can expect a relatively competitive general election.
The Congresswoman was first elected in the 2014 Republican wave election, but did so with only a 51-46% victory margin over attorney Doug Owens (D), the son of the late former Congressman Wayne Owens (D-Salt Lake City). She returned to easily defeat Mr. Owens last November, 54-41%, but the upcoming Love-McAdams campaign will certainly be one to watch.
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