Mia Love becomes first black Republican woman in Congress
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Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveBlack Republican advocates his case for CBC membership Black women look to build upon gains in coming elections Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican MORE (R) won a House seat Tuesday in her second bid to become the first female African-American Republican in Congress. 

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Love, who is the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, defeated Democrat Doug Owens in an open race to succeed retiring Rep. Jim MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonMcAdams concedes to Owens in competitive Utah district Trump EPA eases standards for coal ash disposal Utah redistricting reform measure likely to qualify for ballot MORE (D), by 49 to 47 percent, according to The Associated Press. 

Love ran unsuccessfully against Matheson in 2012, but the rising GOP star was able to claim victory Tuesday.