Republican Burgess Owens, left, and Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, participate in the 4th Congressional District debate at the Triad Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in this composite image. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams faces political newcomer in Republican Burgess Owens
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s 4th District, considered one of the nation’s most competitive congressional seats this election year, is largely living up to its billing in the contentious race between Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams and Republican Burgess Owens.
Millions of dollars have poured into Utah from both Republican and Democratic political action committees to fill the airwaves with negative TV commercials, and the candidates themselves are also going after each other even as the COVID-19 pandemic has limited a lot of traditional campaigning.
McAdams, 45, is Utah’s only Democrat in Congress and is portraying himself as an independent, a moderate willing to work across the aisle and vote against his party while still supporting issues important to Democrats, such as preserving the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Owens, 69, is endorsed by President Donald Trump and has painted Democrats as Marxists and socialists out to undermine the American way of …read more
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