Dem Ben McAdams defeats GOP's Mia Love for Utah House seat

Dem Ben McAdams defeats GOP's Mia Love for Utah House seat
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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D) defeated incumbent GOP Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer NFL player Burgess Owens wins Utah GOP primary The Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE by fewer than 700 votes in a hotly contested race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District, turning the district blue for the first time in six years.

The race had been initially too close to call, with both McAdams and Love at different points taking a slight edge over each other. In the end, The Associated Press called the race for the Democrat on Nov. 20.

Polls had showed McAdams with a slight edge over Love, with Sabato's Crystal Ball shifting her race from a “toss-up” to “leans Democrat” just days before the election.

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Love had faced an uphill battle in the district, where President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE's approval rating has been underwater amid a midterm election that has been widely framed as a referendum on the president.

After it initially appeared earlier this month that McAdams was pulling ahead, Trump slammed Love during a press conference, saying she "gave me no love."

Between both candidates, it's estimated upwards of $10 million was spent on the race, much of which was used on attack ads, local CBS affiliate KUTV reported.

The McAdams camp alleged during the race that Love violated campaign finance law. The congresswoman denies any illegal fundraising took place. Republicans, meanwhile, alleged McAdams supported raising taxes during his time serving in local politics and linked him to the Clintons and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans MORE (D-Calif.).