SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Rising Republican star Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), who would have become the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, was defeated in Utah on Tuesday by a moderate Democrat known for crossing party lines.
Six-time Democratic incumbent Representative Jim Matheson, Utah’s lone Democrat in Washington, won the race for the state’s newly created 4th district by less than a percentage point, according to the final vote tally.
“These 12 years have been the privilege of a lifetime to be your voice and represent Utah. I believe in building consensus and good ideas wherever they come from,” Matheson said. “This is who I am, leading from the center and bringing people together.”
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