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    Democrat in Iowa 2nd District Race Goes to U.S. House of Representatives to Challenge Six Vote Loss

    Democrat in Iowa 2nd District Race Goes to U.S. House of Representatives to Challenge Six Vote Loss

    “She plans to ask that ballots that were legally cast but not included in the initial canvass be considered in the recount, which is prohibited under Iowa law”

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    Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks has already declared victory in the race for Iowa’s 2nd district, a contest that came down to just six votes.

    Now, days later, the Democrat candidate Rita Hart has decided to challenge the results, in an unexpected way.

    Hart is taking her case directly to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

    John Sexton explains at Hot Air:

    Iowa Democrat Rita Hart Will Challenge 6-Vote Loss By Appealing Directly To The House Of Representatives

    The closest race in the country, a race which the Republican candidate won by a razor thin margin, is now going to be decided by Democrats in the U.S. House.

    On Monday Iowa certified the vote for all state races including the incredibly close race in the 2nd district. The vote totals show that Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks defeated Democrat Rita Hart by just six votes. It’s the closest House race in the country since 1984 and the closest in Iowa in more than 100 years.

    Once the vote was certified, Rita Hart had three options. The first was to concede the loss and move on. The second was to contest the outcome in Iowa’s courts. The deadline for a court challenge was close of business today. The third option was to appeal directly to the U.S. House itself which has the power to investigate and determine who will ultimately get the seat. Today, Rita Hart chose door number three:

    Roll Call provides some historical background:

    Hart is filing a petition with the House Administration Committee under a 1969 law that lays out procedures for contesting state election results. She plans to ask that ballots that were legally cast but not included in the initial canvass be considered in the recount, which is prohibited under Iowa law…

    Under the 1969 law, a certified election is presumed valid, and Hart has the burden of proof of showing it was not, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service…

    The most recent instance of the House reversing the initial outcome of an election was more than three decades ago in 1985 in a contest for what was known as Indiana’s “Bloody 8th.” After the 1984 elections, Hoosier State officials certified the 8th District results showing Republican Rick McIntyre had defeated Democratic incumbent Frank McCloskey by just 34 votes.

    McCloskey contested the election, and the House, which was controlled by Democrats at the time, initially decided not to seat either candidate. The House Administration Committee assembled a task force to investigate, and conducted its own recount which resulted in a four-vote lead for McCloskey, who was then sworn into office.

    Miller-Meeks released this statement:

    I have only one question. Will the media condemn Rita Hart for refusing to concede?

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    alaskabob | December 3, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Democrat losses are from fraud but not Repubs. The new “equity under the law.”

    “Rita Hart
    @RitaHartIA
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    Dec 2
    US House candidate, IA-2
    We all watched #IA02 close from 47 votes to 6, but there are still ballots that haven’t been counted. The only way to ensure all Iowans’ votes are counted is a full examination of this election by the U.S. House that will consider every ballot cast.”

    Those ballots are in the trunks of a Fleet of 1964 Cadillac Fleetwoods that left Chicago, headed for Iowa yesterday.


       
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      JHogan in reply to bw222. | December 3, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      No joke.

      The Cook County Political Corruption Machine has, since Obama, started stealing House seats in disticts on its borders. I see no reason why The Machine wouldn’t try to reach out a hundred miles or two west. Considering there are apparently no negative consequences for vote attempting fraud, even when it’s manifestly obvious.

    Read somewhere a case a Republican won like this but not many ballots and the Democrat got the Democrat ran House to refuse to seat the Republican.
    And Democrats are never done counting until they are ahead, elections from here on if we are heading in this direction.

    It makes sense (from the Communist point of view) that Hart is trying to get the House leadership to seat her instead of the Republican who defeated her.

    The only question is: will Miller-Meeks get more support from the GOPe than Trump did?


     
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    Dimsdale | December 3, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Where do all these mysterious ballots come from? Does anyone ever ask?


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