Mia Love Promotes Romney in Tampa and Utah Amid House Race

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Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mia Love addresses the Republican National Convention.

Last night, Utah Republican Mia Love was in Tampa, Florida, promoting Mitt Romney in a speech to the Republican National Convention.

A few hours later, she was on Utah television, praising the Republican presidential nominee in a commercial for her U.S. House campaign.

“Barack Obama has placed our nation on the wrong path. That’s why I’m proud to support Mitt Romney for president, and I’ll be proud to work in Congress to pass Mitt Romney’s agenda,” Love says in the ad.

The spot first ran on Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate at 9:25 p.m. local time, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, or about four hours after she took the Tampa convention stage 2,300 miles away.

Utah Republican candidates will link themselves to Romney in a state where his deep ties include running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Utah has been the most Republican state in the past three presidential elections, giving the party’s nominees an average victory margin of 38.1 percentage points. Obama won just 34.4 percent of the Utah vote in 2008.

Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, is challenging Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson and would become the first black female Republican ever to serve in Congress.

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