As President Donald Trump and his lawyers begin to wrap up dozens of lawsuits alleging voter and ballot fraud in a number of key swing states, another election results-related battle is brewing in the state of Iowa, as one Congressional race could soon be decided by Congress.
According to Fox News, Democrat Rita Hart is asking the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to reverse the results of her race against Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who won Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District by a razor-thin six votes.
The contested race set a record for the closest Congressional race in the nation for the 2020 election, but ultimately Iowa officials certified the vote and handed the win to Miller-Meeks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues face a political dilemma with Hart asking Congress to settle the matter, as House Democrats desperately need every blue seat they can possibly fill given the losses they suffered in the 2020 election.
According to the Daily Iowan, Republicans are already crying foul, insisting that Hart should have taken the matter to the state court, which has specific procedures for deciding the outcome of a Congressional race.
Hart and her campaign team counter-argued that there’s not enough time for the Iowa court system to decide whether or not Miller-Meeks won the election, insisting that taking the matter directly to Congress is the best bet.
Miller-Meeks slammed Hart for skipping the otherwise straightforward process, tweeting earlier this month that “Rita Hart has chosen a political process controlled by Nancy Pelosi over a legal process controlled by Iowa judges. All Iowans should be outraged by this decision.”
The issue even got both of Iowa’s Republican senators involved. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst issued a statement on the matter, saying that Miller-Meeks won the election fair and square, even after an official recount.
The outcome of the race is still yet to be determined, but it’s easy to see how Iowa voters will be outraged if Pelosi and House Democrats end up having the final say, especially given how crucial it would be for House Dems to pick up another blue seat.