Trump says Love ‘lost,’ but race still in play

Trump says Love ‘lost,’ but race still in play

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is saying Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love lost her bid for another term in Utah because she kept him at arm’s length, even though the race remains too close to call.

The president told reporters Wednesday that “Mia Love gave me no love and she lost. Too bad.”

He claimed others in his party could also have won if he they fully embraced him.

Democrat Ben McAdams is leading Love by nearly 3 percentage points. But many votes in Republican-leaning areas have yet to be tallied.

Love’s spokeswoman Sasha Clark responded to Trump’s declaration by saying that nothing in the race has changed.

Many voters in the district that includes the suburbs of Democrat-leaning Salt Lake City are wary of Trump.

Love has stressed her willingness to speak out when she disagrees with him.