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Utah Democrat Ben McAdams leads GOP Rep. Mia Love by 6 points in new poll

GOP Rep. Mia Love has officially lost her polling lead in the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District.

A poll conducted by KUTV 2News and Dixie Strategies shows Love's Democratic opponent, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, with a six-point lead; he captures 49 percent of the vote, while Love is at 43 percent.

While this is just one poll, it's notable because it is the first to ever show McAdams with a lead in the race, other than an internal poll where he had a one-point lead. A few months ago, Love led McAdams in every poll, often by five or six percentage points. But the race has tightened significantly since. Another poll from The New York Times has the race all tied up. The two candidates were also tied in a recent University of Utah poll.

In 2014, Love became the first black Republican woman to ever be elected to Congress. She was re-elected in 2016 with 53 percent of the vote. Now, however, the Cook Political Report classifies her second re-election as a "toss-up," and FiveThirtyEight gives McAdams a 55 percent chance of victory.

This new poll was conducted by speaking to 936 likely voters over the phone on Oct. 25. The margin of error is +/- 3.2 percentage points.