Ben McAdams Declares Victory In Utah With Votes Still Outstanding In Two Counties

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Democratic challenger Ben McAdams declared victory over incumbent Republican Rep. Mia Love in Utah — despite the fact that two large counties have not fully reported final vote totals.

On Monday afternoon, a full day ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, McAdams announced a press conference via Twitter.

Speaking to supporters and media at that press conference, the Salt Lake County mayor claimed that his lead — just 739 votes — is “insurmountable” given the number of outstanding votes left to be counted.

“What we are hearing from election officials is there are just not enough votes outstanding to make a difference either way,” McAdams explained. “I am eager to get to work to represent Utah’s 4th District.”

McAdams then touted his plan to reach out to Republicans. He admitted prior to declaring victory that he had not reached out to his Republican opponent.

“My priorities are to begin immediately reaching out to the Republicans, independents and Democrats in this district, to reach out and address the tough challenges we face as a state and a country,” he said.

Mia Love, the Republican candidate for the 4th congressional district, talks to the press from the party headquarters as results come in for the U.S. presidential election in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/George Frey

Mia Love, the Republican candidate for the 4th congressional district, talks to the press from the party headquarters as results come in for the U.S. presidential election in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/George Frey

Love, who was first elected in 2014, has not yet conceded the race. She trails McAdams with 49.86 percent of the vote to his 50.14 percent — the .28 margin is just outside the .25 that would allow for a recount.  (RELATED: Ebony Magazine Leaves All 6 Republicans Out Of Profile Of Black Candidates)

The two-term congresswoman did issue a statement ahead of Tuesday’s canvass, saying, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the voters, who along with our family, have been waiting for two weeks to get election results. Thank you for your continued participation in this process.”

Meanwhile, McAdams has passed the time by attending new member orientation on Capitol Hill, joining with 15 other Democrats in signing a letter pledging not to support California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her bid for House Speaker.

McAdams signed the letter “Member Elect” even though his race still has not been officially called by the state.

President Donald Trump predicted a loss for Love at his post-midterm press conference, lamenting that she “gave me no love.”

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