Democrat drops election contest in Iowa House race


The Democrat who lost a House race in Iowa by only six votes is dropping her challenge to GOP Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks’ narrow victory.

Rita Hart, a former state senator, said Wednesday she is withdrawing her contest with the House Administration Committee, which she had asked to review the November election, arguing that roughly two dozen ballots were improperly rejected by local officials and would have flipped the result.

"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.

Republicans had mounted a sustained PR campaign against the committee’s review, calling it an inappropriate use of congressional resources to resolve a state election issue after the race had already been certified and Miller-Meeks was sworn in.

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