SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Latest on elections in Utah (all times local):
President Donald Trump is saying Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love lost her bid for another term in Utah because she kept him at arm’s length, even though the race remains too close to call.
The president told reporters Wednesday that “Mia Love gave me no love and she lost. Too bad.”
He claimed others in his party could also have won if he they fully embraced him.
Democrat Ben McAdams is leading Love by nearly 3 percentage points. But many votes in Republican-leaning areas have yet to be tallied.
Love’s spokeswoman Sasha Clark responded to Trump’s declaration by saying that nothing in the race has changed.
Many voters in the district that includes the suburbs of Democrat-leaning Salt Lake City are wary of Trump.
Love has stressed her willingness to speak out when she disagrees with him.
Republican Mia Love and her Democratic challenger Ben McAdams knew their race could be close, and as expected they’re locked in a battle that may not be decided for days.
McAdams was leading Love by a narrow margin at the end of election night on the strength of a strong showing in his home county of Salt Lake County.
Love is hoping to flip the deficit by winning a large portion of the votes left to be counted in her stronghold of Utah County, where long polling lines and a lack of early voting led to slow vote tallies.
The race may not be determined until Friday. That’s the next time Utah County is scheduled to release more vote results.
Love, the only black Republican woman in Congress, is seeking a third term.