Democrat Rita Hart has given up her Iowa election challenge against seated Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
Hart said in a statement “after many conversations with people I trust about the future of this contest, I have made the decision to withdraw my contest before the House Committee on Administration.”
“I am saddened that some Iowans’ votes will not count through no fault of their own. The work of ensuring it does not happen again will continue beyond this campaign,” she continued.
Running to represent the people of #IA02 in the U.S. House of Representatives has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I could not have done it without all of you. Read my statement from today here: pic.twitter.com/ustS72pWsq
— Rita Hart (@RitaHartIA) March 31, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had publicly supported Rita Hart’s right to challenge the election results despite Miller-Meeks already being seated.
Nancy Pelosi is in support of Rita Hart in objecting Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ as the winner of Iowa’s election. @johngizzi shares details. https://t.co/6psrdu4pta pic.twitter.com/eCKMxHYjgG
— Newsmax (@newsmax) March 30, 2021
According to Kyle Kondik “It had become clear that there were a number of House Ds who weren’t going to vote to overturn the state’s certified results. ”
Rita Hart (D) withdrawing election challenge in IA-2. She lost by six votes to Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R). It had become clear that there were a number of House Ds who weren't going to vote to overturn the state's certified results.
Officially closes books on 2020 House.
— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) March 31, 2021