Rep. Ben McAdams conceded to former NFL player Burgess Owens on Monday, putting to an end a close House race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.
McAdams, 45, left a voicemail congratulating the Republican after returning to Washington, D.C., according to the Deseret News.
“I have done my best,” McAdams said during his concession speech that followed, adding that he was “very proud of [his] service.” While acknowledging their political differences, the Democrat assured his supporters that “we both love our country.”
The Associated Press called the race on Monday evening for Owens, nearly two weeks after Election Day, with the process drawn out with mail-in votes being counted.
In recent days, Owens had been leading by more than 2,000 votes, and prominent Republicans, including President Trump, congratulated him on an early victory before the race had been called by any major media outlet. Only Breitbart previously projected Owens as the victor.
Owens, 68, is a political newcomer