Republican Burgess Owens speaks during a campaign launch event at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Burgess announced Wednesday he will run against Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, in the 4th Congressional District.

Republican Burgess Owens speaks during a campaign launch event at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Ben McAdams, is conceding Monday to Republican Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, author and frequent Fox News guest making his first run for public office in a race that had been too close to call since Election Day on Nov. 3.

McAdams, 45, who returned to Washington, D.C., Monday, left a voicemail with Owens and is scheduled to hold an online news conference on his concession at 3:30 p.m. Owens, 69 and the second Black Republican elected to Congress from Utah, is also in the nation’s capital, meeting with other newly elected members of Congress and GOP leaders.

His lead over McAdams during the past week appeared insurmountable Friday after Salt Lake County reported most of the remaining results from voters in the 4th Congressional District, which includes portions of Utah, Juab and Sanpete counties, keeping Owens ahead, 47.5% to just over 46.9%.

The official vote canvass is Tuesday and the results will become final with the state canvass on Nov. 23. The …read more


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