After a full recount of the votes in Iowa’s Second Congressional District, it looks like the Republican beat the Democrat there by a whole six votes.
By the time the election was over 394,400 people voted for the House of Representatives candidates in Iowa’s Second District. And after a recount it looks like Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks is going to take another House seat away from Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats.
Miller-Meeks was up 47 votes before the recount, but the second look at the ballots shaved her lead over Democrat Tina Hart to just six votes.
“As more ballots have been counted, the margin has narrowed dramatically and is now down to a mere 6 votes — making this the closest Congressional race in recent history, and one of the very closest in the last hundred years,” Hart’s campaign manager, Zach Meunier, said in a statement as reported by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
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The state canvassing board is scheduled to convene on Monday to certify the results of the election in favor of Miller-Meeks.
Hart and Miller-Meeks were vying to fill a seat held by Democrat Dave Loebsack, who announced his retirement last year.
Miller-Meeks has declared victory, but Hart has thus far remained silent on the matter.
It is the honor of a lifetime to be elected to serve the people of eastern and southern Iowa.
— Dr. Miller-Meeks (@millermeeks) November 28, 2020
There are now three more House races that have yet to be officially called and Republicans lead in all of them.
It seems likely that the two races in California (Districts 21 and 25) and the race in New York’s 22nd District will all go to the Republicans. That means that the House split will be 222 seats for the Democrats and 213 seats for the Republican Party.
This is a hefty loss for the Democrats who went into the 2020 races with a 35-seat majority. Now the Democrats will have a tiny 9-seat majority. This means that they simply won’t be able to pass at least some of their most whacked out, liberal policies because they don’t have an overpowering majority.
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