There is a widely uncovered situation developing in the House of Representatives that has the potential to send huge shockwaves through Congress and throughout Washington, if the most radical left-wing faction of the House Democrats are allowed to have their way.
In Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, GOP candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner by a mere 6 votes in a contest that included almost 400,000 votes cast. The final certified result was 196,964 to 196,958.
Miller-Meeks victory was certified by Iowa state officials after a recount. On January 4, House Speaker Pelosi allowed Miller-Meeks to be seated in the new Congress and take the oath of office.
The background of this race is worth mentioning. Miller-Meeks had run as the GOP candidate in this Iowa district three previous times — 2008, 2010, and 2014 — losing each time to the Democrat incumbent James Loebsack. The closest she came was a 52-47% loss in 2014. Loebsack held the seat for the Democrats from 2006 until he announced his retirement in 2019.
Iowa has shifted from a swing state to a GOP state since 2008. When Miller-Meeks was declared the winner of the November contest, it meant three of four Iowa House seats were now in GOP hands, as well as both Senate seats and the Governorship.
Throughout the post-election proceedings, Hart’s campaign claimed that Miller-Meeks has sought to prevent a small number of votes from being counted based on problems with how the absentee ballots were completed and/or sent in by otherwise eligible voters. Hart claims there are 22 such ballots, and if the votes were counted, Hart would win by 9 votes.