Republican congressional candidate Mia Love talks with reporters during the Utah State GOP election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (Credit: AP)
Saratoga Springs Mayor and rising star in the Republican Party Mia Love lost her bid for a Utah seat in the House of Representatives to Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) in highly contested race.
Matheson defeated Love by less than 3,000 votes, but was able to edge out his opponent with 49 percent of the vote.
Love, who is an African-American Mormon, burst into the national spotlight after her fiery speech at the Republican National Convention in August. She was hoping to become the first female African-American GOP congresswoman and was favored by many to win. However, Matheson will return to Congress.
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