McAdams’s candidacy puts 4th CD seat into play

Well, that didn’t take long.

Within an hour of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announcing he was running for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Mia Love, Inside Elections moved their race rating from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.” That’s a significant swing, jumping right over the “Likely Republican” rating.

“McAdams, a former state senator, was elected mayor in 2012 and currently represents 85 percent of the 4th District. His allies believe his established image with voters will help him weather the GOP attacks when they come, unlike Love’s previous opponent.

“But, McAdams will have to prove that his appeal and off-beat campaigns translate to a federal race.”