Former NFL player and Utah Republican Burgess Owens officially defeated incumbent Democratic Representative Ben McAdams for Utah's 4th congressional seat on Monday. The win means that the GOP controls every seat in the state's congressional delegation.
Owens's win marks the 12th formerly Democratic seat that Republicans have flipped in the 2020 election, despite numerous projections that Democrats would expand their majority. Not only was the victory significant for that reason, but according to David Wasserman of Cook Political Report, there will likely be long-term implications to the loss.
"It's a heartbreaking loss for Democrats, considering the margin," Wasserman said. "It's possible Republicans could take this seat off the table for 2022 if they're able to muscle through a map that protects Owens in the 2021 redistricting process."
Cook Political Reports had designated 27 House races as "Toss Ups." With five remaining too close to call, Democrats are yet to win any. Additionally, Republicans took five of the 18 contests that had been rated by Cook as "Lean D," including the Owens/McAdams race.