Democrats were hopeful that a “blue wave” would wash over the U.S. House of Representatives in the wake of the 2020 election, but instead, the party found that in the end, it not only failed to gain more coveted seats, it also lost many to the opposition.
Democrats once again found themselves on the losing end as NFL legend and rock star conservative Burgess Owens appears to have succeeded in his quest to flip a Utah Fourth Congressional House seat from blue to red.
Breitbart declared Owens the victor of the hard-fought race against incumbent Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT), with a razor-thin lead of 47.5 percent to McAdams’ 49.93 percent. While the counting is not finished, 99% of precincts have reported and the Salt Lake City Tribune called Owens’ lead “insurmountable,” Breitbart noted.
President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to Owens on Friday, linking to Breitbart’s report. “Great going Burgess, you continue to be a STAR!” the president wrote.
The Owens ticket
The former NFL standout has become a frontline conservative voice in the fight to end the left’s march into the realms of socialism, declaring on many occasions that he was running to help the GOP “take back our country.”
As a former professional athlete, Owens was also one of the leading voices during the period when former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in the headlines each week after kneeling during the singing of the national anthem in the name of social justice.
Earlier this year, according to Sports Illustrated, Owens was highly critical of rumblings within the halls of the NFL that Kaepernick stood a chance of re-joining the league on the heels of civil unrest across the country. “If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game,” Owens said.
Owens also took a stand against the radical left’s fantasies of socialism, even writing a book on the subject, which he titled, “Why I Stand: From Freedom to the Killing Fields of Socialism.”
Burning down the House
The former Super Bowl champion’s impressive Utah win marked the 12th seat flipped from blue to red in the 2020 election, giving House Democrats the slimmest majority lead in 20 years, according to NPR.
Party infighting over the unexpected House losses has already begun, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the party’s progressive wing taking blame from moderate House Democrats over embracing unpopular radical ideas like defunding the police and socialized medicine.
The tension has grown so thick that it was also recently reported that several moderate Democrats have begun talks of considering someone other than Pelosi as the House majority leader, convinced that a fresh face could help the party recover while preparing to defend their seats in the 2022 midterm elections.
Owens, by many accounts on the right, is the perfect candidate to help House Republicans take a stand against the left’s radical policy push and his constituents will reap the rewards of his conservative representation on Capitol Hill.