Republican Utah Congresswoman Mia Love may find herself unseated next month when the midterm votes are counted. That’s because her Democratic opponent, Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, has pulled into a tie with Love in a recent University of Utah and Salt Lake Tribune poll.
Both now sit at 46% support each with 3 weeks to go until the votes are counted.
Traditionally in politics, any incumbent sitting at less than 50% this close to election time is considered vulnerable. 8 percent of voters are undecided.
Its a startling turn of events for Love, who once led McAdams by double digits.
But unfortunately for Love, Democrats in the congressional district that sits outside Democratic-leaning Salt Lake City have tied her to President Donald Trump, whose policies have turned increasingly unpopular in the district.
Love won her seat in 2014 and easily won reelection in 2016.
Love once infamously said she would join the Congressional Black Caucus in order to dismantle it.
In an interview, she labeled the group, which advocates for Black issues and concerns in the federal lawmaking body, as racist.
Yes, yes. I would join the Congressional Black Caucus and try to take that thing apart from the inside out.
It’s demagoguery. They sit there and ignite emotions and ignite racism when there isn’t.
They use their positions to instill fear. Hope and change is turned into fear and blame. Fear that everybody is going lose everything and blaming Congress for everything instead of taking responsibility.–Deseret News
Love’s comments drew widespread attention: they came during President Obama’s second term, when the Tea Party and Birther movement were active and many wondered with all of that going on, how Love found a way to blame racism on the CBC.
Love later joined the group.
Mia Love is currently the only Black Republican woman serving in Congress.