Mia Love is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who first ran for Congress in 2012, losing by 768 votes. She ran again in 2014, winning this time by 4,000 votes against a different opponent, Democrat Doug Owens. In office, Love has been a fiery spokeswoman for the GOP’s conservative wing. The American Conservative Union gives her a 96% rating on her two years in office.
As a young, black Republican woman, Mia Love draws constant fire from Democrats. They are pouring lots of resources into this year’s race, in which Mia is again facing Doug Owens. At one point, Owens reportedly led by six points, but later polling has shown her ahead by 17 and 13 points. However, given how close her first two races were, and given the Democrats’ determination to knock her off, this is no time for complacency.
In June, The Hill headlined: “Dems target Mia Love in must-win Utah House race.”
Freshman Rep. Mia Love’s (R-Utah) heavily targeted seat is moving closer to the Democratic column in a must-win contest for Democrats.
Democrats are rejoicing over a recent Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll showing Democratic rival Doug Owens up by 6 points and two nonpartisan election handicappers moving the seat to toss-up.
Love, a rising star in the Republican Party and the first black female Republican in Congress, goes into the rematch with better name recognition and about $300,000 more than Owens has on hand.
The Love campaign is taking the race seriously. The campaign has sent several fundraising emails highlighting the poll and acknowledging the tough fight ahead for the GOP freshman.