The Latest: Tight US House Race Brings Fiery Debate In Utah

Oct 16, 2018

U.S. Rep. Mia Love has clashed with her Democratic challenger as she defends her seat in a tight race targeted by national Democrats in a push to regain control of the U.S. House.

Democratic challenger Ben McAdams said at a debate Tuesday that she "votes on autopilot" with President Donald Trump, but Love shot back that she stands up to the president more than other Utah Republicans on issues like immigration.

McAdams also criticized the GOP-backed tax cuts, saying they'll add more than a trillion dollars to the national debt, while Love defended them as good for the economy.

They're in a virtual dead heat in the race for the 4th District, which includes many suburbs of blue-leaning Salt Lake City.

McAdams is the mayor of Salt Lake County. Love became the first black Republican woman in Congress in 2014.