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Utah makes history; Love is first black, Republican, LDS woman in Congress

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Posted at 8:43 PM, Nov 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-05 16:24:27-05

Utah has made history with Mia Love winning the 4th Congressional District race.

She is the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

“Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress,” Love said Tuesday night. “Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it.”

The campaign manager for Doug Owens tells FOX 13 News’ Caroline Connolly that Love has won the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District by a margin of 50 percent to 46 percent.

Doug Owens tweeted at 11:25 p.m. that he had called Mia Love to concede the race.

During her victory speech, Love said “there is great cause for confidence” as she and Utahns run together.

Her campaign released a statement Tuesday, in which Love stated she wanted to thank the voters of the 4th District for running with her.

“Thank you for the trust you have placed in me,” Love stated. “I will work every day to be deserving of it. Regardless of who you voted for today, I hope you know that I am going to Washington to represent everyone in the district and invite you to engage with me in finding real solutions to the challenges we face as a country.”

Love also stated that this victory is just the beginning.

“Many people have reminded me that tonight is not the end of the race; it is just the end of the beginning,” Love stated. “As your representative, I am not going to ask you to trust Washington—I am going to convince Washington to trust you. As Utahns, we know best how to spend our hard earned money, raise our families, educate our children, keep the promises made to our seniors, and help those in need. I pledge to work every day to keep the federal government out of your lives, out of your pockets, and out of your way so you can run toward your own American Dream.”

With 525/525 precincts reporting, the results are as follows:

Doug Owens of the Democratic Party:  46. 75 percent of the vote with 60,165 votes.

Mia B. Love of the Republican Party:  50.04  percent of the vote with 64,390 votes.

Tim Aalders of the Utah Independent American Party: 01.37 percent of the vote with 1,764 votes.

Jim L. Vein of the Libertarian Party: 00.90 percent of the vote with 1,154 votes.

Collin Robert Simonsen of the Constitution Party: 00.94 percent of the vote with 1,214 votes.

All election results have been retrieved from electionresults.utah.gov.

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