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GOP Takes Back Another Seat in the House, as Burgess Owens Wins in Utah

Burgess Owens defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams. Republicans once again have all four of the congressional seats in Utah.


While Democrats are desperately clinging to their hopes of stealing the White House, they are mounting losses everywhere else, including the House of Representatives.

Former NFL star Burgess Owens just defeated Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams in Utah.

This gives Republicans complete control of all four congressional seats in Utah.

McAdams conceded Monday afternoon in an online news conference.

This is yet another huge victory for Republicans.

The New York Post has more on this Conservative victory:

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Former New York Jet Burgess Owens — a vocal critic of on-the-field protests during the national anthem — won his congressional bid in Utah on Monday.

Republican Owens, 69, a safety who was Gang Green’s first-round pick in 1973, beat out Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams by less than 1 percent of votes for a seat in the US House of Representatives.

The former athlete said on Twitter that McAdams called him after conceding, promising a smooth transition.

“Thank you my fellow Utahns, I am committed to have an open ear to serve you. Thank you for the opportunity,” Owens wrote in the social media post.

Owens was congratulated on Twitter by friends and fellow Republicans.

The Associated Press has more on owens' victory:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams of Utah narrowly lost his bid to win re-election against former NFL player Burgess Owens, allowing Republicans to regain control of all four congressional seats in the conservative state.

McAdams conceded in an online news conference Monday afternoon shortly before The Associated Press determined Owens had won the closely watched race in the suburban Salt Lake City congressional district.

Owens won by less than 1% of the votes in a district that has seen razor-thin margins over the last decade.

McAdams acknowledged that he and his opponent have differences in political philosophy. But he said he will continue his work through the end of his term to ensure a smooth transition. He also urged both Republicans and Democrats to come together and reconcile their differences so they can improve the country.

“My campaign was centered around a rejection of extremism and the need for leaders who will put the needs of the people they represent before any political party,” McAdams said. “I am deeply humbled by the support I received from so many Utahns who share that vision and want them to know that while we did not prevail, I remain committed to that ideal.”

Owens is a Republican who has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump. The former NFL player helped the Oakland Raiders win the 1980 Super Bowl and later converted to the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church.

Republicans have now flipped 12 House seats.

Ronna Mcdaniel celebrated the victory on Twitter:


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