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Rita Hart drops her challenge of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election, citing the GOP’s ‘toxic campaign of political disinformation’

Rita Hart announced on Wednesday afternoon she is withdrawing her challenge to the 2020 election results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Hart, a Democrat, lost the race for the district’s open seat to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by six votes, according to the results certified by the state canvassing board. “After many conversations with people I […]

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U.S. House Committee will take up Rita Hart’s challenge to Rep. Miller-Meeks’ six-vote victory in IA-2

The U.S. House committee charged with evaluating election challenges decided on Wednesday to consider Rita Hart’s challenge to Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ victory in the November 2020 election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. That race was the closest in the country last year. Miller-Meeks, a Republican, won the open seat that had been held by Democrat […]

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Mariannette Miller-Meeks asks a Congressional committee to dismiss Rita Hart’s election challenge

An attorney for Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was provisionally sworn in as the representative for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Jan. 3, is officially asking the House Committee on Administration to dismiss Rita Hart’s challenge to Miller-Meeks’ six-vote victory in the November election. Attorney Alan Ostergren told the Des Moines Register that on Thursday Miller-Meeks will […]

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‘There must be consequences’: Rep. Cindy Axne calls for Trump’s removal while Iowa’s Republicans in Congress avoid criticizing him

All four members of Iowa’s House of Representatives delegation and both of its senators issued statements condemning the actions of the mob that overran the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. But only one of them actually addressed Donald Trump’s responsibility for inciting an insurrection aimed at stopping the certification of the Electoral College votes and preventing […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst won’t say if she’ll object to certifying Biden’s win; other Iowa Republicans accept Trump’s loss

With less than a day left before Congress is scheduled to certify the votes of the Electoral College, confirming Joe Biden’s win, Sen. Joni Ernst had not yet decided whether she will join Donald Trump’s latest attempt to nullify the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election. “Sen. Ernst is continuing to hear from Iowans […]

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Miller-Meeks sworn in as new representative for the 2nd District as the challenge to her election continues

Mariannette Miller-Meeks was sworn in as the representative from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Sunday. But unlike the other 434 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Miller-Meeks status is still uncertain as the House considers a challenge to the results of the Nov. 3 election. Rita Hart, the Democratic candidate for the open seat […]

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Citing 22 votes she said weren’t counted, Rita Hart asks House of Representatives for a recount in Iowa’s 2nd District

Rita Hart said she would file a Notice of Contest with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, her campaign announced in a statement, asking the House Committee on Administration to investigate the results of the election for the open seat in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and possibly conduct a recount of […]

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Rita Hart will ask the U.S. House of Representatives to conduct a recount of votes in the 2nd District

Democrat Rita Hart announced on Wednesday she will contest the Iowa Board of Canvas’s certification of Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the winner of the election for the open seat in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Following a district-wide recount, the board certified a six-vote victory for Miller-Meeks on Monday. But instead of contesting the certification in Iowa […]

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State board certifies a six-vote win for Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District

Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks won the race for the open seat in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District by six votes, according to the Iowa Board of Canvas. The board met on Monday afternoon to certify all the results from the Nov. 3 election. The State Canvassing Board has officially certified the results of the 2020 general election. […]

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Republican State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks launches her fourth bid for Congress, but avoids using the word ‘Republican’

State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks announced on Tuesday that she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. The Ottumwa ophthalmologist becomes the second Republican in the race for the seat currently held by Rep. Dave Loebsack, who announced his retirement in April. This is Miller-Meeks’ fourth run for Congress. She […]

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Miller-Meeks, Loebsack spar in Iowa City

Debate night!

During a debate in Iowa City Thursday night, Incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack had to answer to being named the least effective Congressman, while challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks had to explain why she hasn’t won this race in her last two attempts. Democrat Loebsack and Republican Miller-Meeks participated in a debate hosted by Iowa Public Television […]

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