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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bid to steal a GOP House seat has failed.
GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeated Democrat Rita Hart in last November’s election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District by 6 votes.
After trying to pull every trick in the book to overturn the election, Hart has now officially withdrawn her contest before the House Committee on Administration in Iowa’s House race.
NEW: Rita Hart is withdrawing challenge of Iowa 2 race.
“I have made the decision to withdraw my contest before the House Committee on Administration”
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) March 31, 2021
“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.
The U.S. House Administration Committee moved to consider Democrat Rita Hart’s challenge of the results in last November’s election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.
The committee voted in favor of considering the challenge and tabling a motion by Hart’s opponent, GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, to dismiss the appeal.
After the November general election, Iowa officials conducted three recounts of the results in the 2nd district.
Secretary of State Paul Pate ordered a recount in Jasper County on Nov. 6 and one in Lucas County on Nov. 10.
On Nov. 13, Hart requested a full recount of votes in all 24 counties in the district.
After this recount, Miller-Meeks — the Republican — was certified as the winner by 6 total votes.
On Dec. 2, Hart announced she would contest the election before the House Administration Committee.
The notice asked the House to invalidate the state-certified results, count the ballots Hart said were excluded, and initiate a uniform hand recount in all 24 counties in the district.
Miller-Meeks was provisionally seated in the House on Jan. 3, and on Jan. 21, she filed a motion asking Congress to dismiss Hart’s challenge of the election results, saying that Hart should have pursued the matter through state procedures rather than filing a petition with the House.
Now, consider the irony here.
When Donald Trump raised valid questions about the election, Democrats had a full-blown meltdown and it even played a role in them trying to impeach him a second time.
Also, consider the dangerous precedent this could set if Democrats overturn the results of any election already certified.
The Republican was certified as the winner of the race after multiple recounts.
And Pelosi suggested several times that Democrats would try to steal this seat and give it to the Democrat who lost.
Last week, Pelosi even bragged about possibly stealing the seat.
In a video published to her Twitter account, Pelosi spoke about potentially overturning the election result of a closely contested House seat in Iowa.
“I would say to them if you lost by six votes, would you like to bring your case before the committee?” Pelosi said.
“Now, if I wanted to be unfair, I wouldn’t have seated the Republican from Iowa. Because that was my right on opening day. I would have just said, ‘You’re not seated.’ And that would have been my right as Speaker to do. But we didn’t want to do that. We just said, ‘Let’s just go through this process,’” Pelosi said.