Love writes historic chapter with her election in Utah

She’s a whip-smart and opinionated anomaly, a newcomer to Washington of Haitian immigrant parents. She’s also, the Republican Party hopes, a harbinger of the future.

Late Tuesday night, in a narrow, hard-won victory celebrated by her supporters, including her teary-eyed parents, Mia Love became the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. The 39-year-old Love pulled ahead in late results, winning a seat in the House of Representatives, 50 percent to 47 percent.

On Wednesday, the Salt Lake Tribune bannered the news: “Love Makes History.”

GOP strategists hope Love will help lure African-American and immigrant voters from their traditional ranks – the Democratic Party. Their argument: She’s a new-generation voice who’s proud to be both a black woman and a fiscal conservative, plus a staunch critic of illegal immigration.

“She very well could be the new face of the Republican Party,” said Dave Hansen, Love’s campaign manager and a veteran of Utah politics..


Poll: Latinos vote Democratic, but tend to feel ignored

Latinos nationwide remain firmly in the Democratic camp, but a good chunk of them say the party they generally support doesn’t really care about them, according to a new poll.

Democrats got more support than Republicans: 48 percent rated them as truly caring, compared with 22 percent for Republicans.


Brokaw forgets to silence cellphone on live television

Tom Brokaw, the longtime former anchor of “NBC Nightly News” was live on MSNBC on Tuesday discussing midterm election results with Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews when they were interrupted by a loud, disruptive alert sound.

Maddow tried to dismiss it as ambient noise, but Brokaw quickly fessed up: It was the alarm on his cellphone that had begun going off. “I thought you were on fire,” Maddow joked.


Begich not conceding to his Republican opponent

Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich wasn’t conceding anything Wednesday in his race against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan.

Sullivan held a 3.6 percentage point lead over Begich with all precincts reporting.

Thousands of absentee ballots won’t be counted until Nov. 11.

–From wire service reports