He’s been in office for just over a month, but Republicans are already aiming to oust Rep. Ben McAdams from his 4th District seat in 2020.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm for House Republicans, announced their initial list of targeted seats for the 2020 election cycle. McAdams’ seat is one of 31 won by President Donald Trump in 2016 but currently held by a Democrat. The NRCC is targeting all of those seats, plus 24 others.
McAdams narrowly defeated Mia Love by 694 votes to win the seat she had held for two terms.
NRCC Chair Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota told Roll Call they were looking to recruit “strong, accomplished Republican candidates who will deliver our message of individual freedom and hold these targeted members accountable for the radical policies being pushed by the socialist Democrats in their party.”
No Republican has officially announced they would challenge McAdams in 2020. State Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, and former West Jordan Mayor Dave Alvord are all said to be eyeing a challenge to McAdams.
Donald Trump carried UT-4 with 39.1% of the vote in 2016. Independent Evan McMullen pulled a significant amount of the vote that year, but Mitt Romney romped in the district in 2012, winning 67.2%
Donald Trump remains unpopular in the 4th District. UtahPolicy.com polling shows 51% of voters there disapprove of his job performance while 45% approve.