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GOP Rising Star Mia Love Loses Tight Congressional Race in Election Day Shocker

Mia Love, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Utah's fourth congressional district, gives an interview at the Utah Republican Party's election night party at the Hilton in Salt Lake City, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Credit: AP

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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