Utah GOP drafts former NFL defensive back to reclaim House seat Democrats picked off in ’18

He was the top fundraiser in a race that was largely overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and a competitive Republican gubernatorial primary, even though the district —which Trump carried by 7 points in 2016 — is a prime GOP target. 

McAdams, the former Salt Lake County mayor, won by less than 1 point in 2018, unseating Rep. Mia Love, who was the first Black Republican woman in Congress. 

Owens had raised $638,000 as of June 10 and had $111,000 left in the bank. 

He was one of the only candidates in the primary to attract outside support. A group called American Values First spent about $15,000 on phone calls on his behalf and Patriots, Liberty & Prosperity PAC, which, according to its website, supports conservative candidates who advance “America-first” policies, spending about $3,000 on digital ads. 

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