McAdams tweeted around 11 a.m. Saturday that he had just received a call from Love, who “graciously” congratulated him on winning the election.
“I thanked her for her service to our state and country. I wish her the best," McAdams said in the tweet. “There’s a tremendous amount of work to get done and we need bipartisan unity to do it.”
Dave Hansen, Love’s campaign manager, confirmed the concession call.
Love has called a news conference for 10 a.m. Monday at Utah Republican Party headquarters in Salt Lake City, giving rise to some speculation that her campaign could challenge the outcome of the race.
Hansen said he had heard some rumblings, but there was no truth to them.
“Yeah, I had heard, ‘Is she going to file a lawsuit. Is she going to do that?’ No. It’s nothing about that. That’s over,” said Hansen.
“Mia just wants to talk about the campaign, talk about politics. She just has some ideas she wants to share with everybody.”
Asked if voters can expect to see Love back running for the seat in two years, Hansen said he had no idea.
“Give her some time; she may be back. We’ll see,” he said.
He said his first priority will be to push for resolving the current uncertainty of so-called “Dreamers” — young adults brought to the country as children by undocumented parents. They had been promised legal residency and job security by former President Barack Obama under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but that was ended by President Donald Trump, who said Congress should act to resolve the issue. It has not done so.