Rita Hart drops election challenge in Iowa House district, giving Republicans final 2020 win


The 2020 Democratic challenger to Iowa GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is dropping her election contest in a race she lost by six votes out of more than 394,000 cast.

Rita Hart on Wednesday withdrew her challenge with the House Administration Committee over Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after it became clear several House Democrats weren’t interested in overturning the razor-thin election results.

The move comes nearly three months after Miller-Meeks was sworn into office as a first-term congresswoman. Her status had increasingly become a rallying cry for House Republicans, who accused Democrats, in the majority, of trying to overturn a free and fair election.

“Despite our best efforts to have every vote counted, the reality is that the toxic campaign of political disinformation to attack this constitutional review of the closest congressional contest in 100 years has effectively silenced the voices of Iowans,” Hart said in a statement Wednesday. “It is a stain on our democracy that the truth has not prevailed and my hope for the future is a return to decency and civility.”

With Miller-Meeks seated for the remainder of this House term, ending in early January 2023, the 2020 election cycle has finally concluded. Democrats have 219 seats, with 211 for Republicans and five vacancies.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy earlier Wednesday had visited Miller-Meeks’s district, in Davenport, and said there was no reason to change the race’s outcome.

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