Burgess Owens has defeated Utah’s 4th district Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 16, 2020
McAdams is reportedly conceding the race and left a voicemail Monday for Owens, according to Deseret News. The race was among the nation’s most competitive because the district is Republican-leaning and represented by Utah’s only Democrat in Congress. McAdams, a former Salt Lake City mayor, had defeated Republican Mia Love in 2018, but by a razor thin margin that took two weeks to determine. McAdams won by 700 votes, according to KSL.
Owens, a former NFL player who aligned himself with President Donald Trump, gained more votes after McAdams led by a narrow number on Election Day, and at one point on the Thursday during election week, the two were only 18 votes apart.
But on Friday Owens’ 2,095 vote lead made McAdams’ reelection prospects seem less likely, since there were only a few thousand ballots left to be counted, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
UPDATE: Salt Lake County just updated its count in the CD4 race and Owens’ lead is now 2,095
— Robert Gehrke (@RobertGehrke) November 14, 2020
Owens outraised McAdams in the third quarter, bringing in $2.5 million since July. He raised $3.5 million in the election cycle.
“Voters in our District deserve a Congressman that will represent their values in Washington every day,” Owens said in the month prior to the election, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Ben McAdams talks a big game during an election year but when he flies back to Washington, he forgets where he came from and votes with socialist Democrats nearly 90% of the time. That is unacceptable for Utah.”
McAdams raised roughly $1.4 million since July and $4.9 million total, spending $4.3 million to try and keep his seat.