On Monday, Iowa state election officials certified the razor-thin 6-vote margin favoring Republican House candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks over Democratic rival Rita Hart, following a recount in Iowa’s 2nd District.
The state canvassing board met to finalize the results of the Iowa races, including the 2nd District, in which over 394,400 ballots were cast.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate tweeted Monday afternoon: “The State Canvassing Board has officially certified the results of the 2020 general election. We had record turnout of more than 1.7 million voters & 76% participation. The official result in #IA02 is @millermeeks 196,964 to @RitaHartIA 196,958. 6 vote difference.”
At the end of election night, Miller-Meeks led Hart by just 47 votes, which led to a recount of all 24 counties in the district.
“While the race is extraordinarily close, I am proud to have won this contest and look forward to being certified as the winner by the state’s Executive Council on Monday,” Miller-Meeks said in a statement on Saturday. “It is the honor of a lifetime to be elected to serve the people of eastern and southern Iowa.”
Zach Meunier, campaign manager for Hart, hinted the campaign will likely challenge the results in court, saying, “The process must continue.”
“Under Iowa law, this recount process was designed to count ballots that had already been tallied, meaning that additional legal ballots may have yet to be counted” Meunier wrote in a statement to media. “Over the next few days, we will outline our next steps in this process to ensure that all Iowans’ voices are heard.”
If Miller-Meeks is seated by the House when the opening of the 117th Congress happens on Jan. 3, she is expected to join almost 20 other Republican women who won seats this cycle after the GOP unexpectedly flipped districts across the country, often in regions they lost in 2018.
House Republicans did much better than expected, cutting the Democrats’ majority to what is expected to be a narrow 222-213 edge.
Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District ends as the closest race to date. The district, which was represented by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack, who is retiring after 14 years, is located in southeastern Iowa.
Republicans ultimately had a successful year in Iowa, as GOP Sen. Joni Ernst won a second term. Additionally, President Trump won Iowa by 8 points while losing the White House to Joe Biden. And in an adjoining House district, Republican Ashley Hinson beat first-term Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer.
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Original Author: Kerry Picket
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