Late GOP rally could save Republican House seat in Utah

Over a week after being publicly ridiculed for losing her seat in Congress by President Donald Trump, Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) on Friday night was on the verge of pulling off a stunning comeback in her re-election bid, as the continued counting of ballots in her Utah district finally pushed her into the lead by a slender 419 votes.

"Hard to see how she relinquishes that now," said Dave Wasserman, an elections expert who has been forecasting a possible comeback by Love for several days.

Still being tabulated are thousands of provisional ballots in Utah and Salt Lake counties, which take time to verify, as Utah and a number of other states slowly push their way through the votes of the November mid-term elections.

The jump into first place for Love came as a judge tossed out a lawsuit that she filed - which oddly would have stopped vote counting in Salt Lake County - a move that her opponent said 'smacks of desperation.'

"Utah voters deserve better than this," said Democrat Ben McAdams.

But the McAdams lead over Love has slowly withered away in recent days, leaving Love favored by many to win re-election.

A comeback victory would be filled with irony, especially after the mocking ridicule heaped upon Love and a number of other House Republicans by President Donald Trump, who said the day after the elections that Love and others were defeated because they refused to embrace him.

"Mia Love gave me no love and she lost," the President said, almost seeming to enjoy the outcome. "Too bad. Sorry about that Mia."

Two weekends after the elections, a small number of races remained undecided - with some that could stretch until after Thanksgiving:

Democrats right now have a net gain of 36 seats - they should win at least two of the undecided races left, and have an outside chance at others.

Right now, the new Congress stands at 231 Democrats to 198 Republicans, with six seats undecided.

One final note - this extended time of vote counting is totally normal. Reporters follow it every two years, but many partisans think there is something amiss.

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