Mia Love loses House bid in Utah

With 100% of the precincts counted, CNN projects Utah’s incumbent Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson won re-election after besting Mia Love in a high-profile congressional race that captured national attention.

Matheson, no stranger to tough elections, is a six-term Democrat in a largely Republican district that includes Salt Lake City.

Love, a Mormon of Haitian descent, currently serves as mayor of Utah’s Saratoga Springs. She was considered a rising star in the Republican Party, and spoke at the Republican National Convention in August. At one point, she rose to a double-digit lead in polls in one of the nation’s most hotly contested races. Both sides and outside parties collectively spent upwards of $10 million.



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