Utah's Election Wrap-Up
The rest of the state's congressional delegation -- Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop -- are incumbents who won big last night.
Love became the first black Republican woman in Congress two years ago. She overcame a challenge from Doug Owens - for the second time. Owens is a Democrat who made their last matchup a close contest in the previously blue district.
The democrats candidate for Senate, Misty Snow would have been the state's first openly transgender elected official. She faced an uphill contest against Mike Lee, a popular conservative senator.
On the national front Lee became known as one of the strongest opponents to now president-elect Donald Trump. At one point he called for Trump to step aside as the Republican nominee, a move that surprised Utah State University Political Science Professional Damon Cann.
"Mike Lee has had one of the earliest and most vocal opponents of Donald Trump in the state of Utah, in many ways leading the crusade against Trump's candidacy here. He announced that he cast a "protest vote" for a third party candidate. This is interesting, of course because Mike Lee was on Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees. I doubt that Mike Lee will be likely to secure that appointment under Trump administration."
Cann says an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court to name a new justice may have influenced the presidential race more than expected...encouraging Republicans to support Trump.
Speaking last night at the Utah Republican Party Headquarters in SLC, Republican Congressman Chris Stewart said he is looking forward to another term of dealing with budgetary, environmental, national security issues...this time serving under a Republican president.
"There has been frustration after frustration as we have tried to fix some of these problems, and we've been unable to do that. But under a Republican president, we really could do tax reform. We really could do regulatory and some environmental reforms that we'd like to do. We really could, I think, be more serious about securing our nation, and we building some of the alliances that are critical to the security of our nation, and frankly the world. So, my job is so much more satisfying."
At one point Congressman Stewart Joined with Utah Senator Mike Lee in opposition to Trump's Republican nomination, even comparing the billionaire to Italy's famous fascist dictator Mussolini.