allen west*Two high profile black Republicans failed in their bids for seats in the House of Representatives.

One was Tea Party favorite Allen West, who lost his congressional seat in Florida despite running brutal ads against his opponent Democrat Patrick Murphy, and GOP efforts to redistrict him into a more favorable race.

The other was was relative political newcomer, Mia Love, came in second in her race against incumbent Utah Democrat Jim Matheson

West, who has consistently made headlines throughout his two years in office with his incendiary remarks about the president and his fellow legislators, was widely seen as a target for Democrats to regain a seat in the House.

NBC News called the race for Murphy early this morning after he took a lead of just over 1,000 votes against West.

The West/Murphycongressional race drew national attention when West used a mugshot of Murphy from a youthful indiscretion in one of his attack ads.

Meanwhile, Mia Love, who was widely expected to become the first black female Republican congresswoman in history, has conceded a very close race to incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson in the 4th district of Utah.

“Congratulations to Jim on a hard-fought victory,” Love said in a statement. “It was a close race, but ultimately the voters of Utah have spoken. I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly for my campaign, and am humbled by their dedication and commitment to the betterment of Utah and our nation. I plan on continuing to work on promoting conservative issues and look forward to returning to Saratoga Springs and spending more time with my family.”

The margin of Matheson’s victory was only roughly 3,000 according to the Washington Post.

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