Mia Love Clinches GOP Nomination for Congress
Posted at 5:44 p.m. on April 26, 2014
Love won her party's nod for the House in Utah. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love earned ample support from Utah Republicans on Saturday to win her party’s nod for the House — and most likely become the GOP’s first black congresswoman.
One of the GOP’s most-touted prospects, Love received 78 percent of the delegate votes and put away the nomination at this year’s state Republican convention, according to the Deseret News. Her primary rival, businessman Bob Fuehr, garnered about 22 percent of the vote.
In Utah, GOP candidates who meet a 60 percent threshold at the convention can bypass a June primary. The all-day convention took place in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
Love is running to succeed her former foe, retiring Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah. Matheson announced his retirement late last year — a departure that all but certainly threw the seat into the GOP’s column
The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Last cycle, Mitt Romney won Utah’s 4th District by a 37-point margin. That same year, Matheson defeated Love by 768 votes.
Love’s convention victory will likely bolster the party’s image with women and minorities.
It is also a second win in one day for Project GROW, a program created to help female GOP candidates. Earlier on Saturday, state Del. Barbara Comstock won the Republican nomination for a competitive House district in northern Virginia.
Earlier this week, the project had a setback in a Florida special election.