Only six votes determined Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) as the winner over Democrat Rita Hart. A recount followed that determined Miller-Meeks the certified winner, but House Democrats, with the approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are working quietly behind the scenes to overturn that election.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) confirmed over the weekend that Pelosi’s rumored plan to reverse the certified House election results in Iowa would be hypocritical and unfair and undermine the confidence of Iowan voters.
“Rep. Miller-Meeks has been seated in Congress. She won this election,” Ernst said. “It was certified by Iowans … and now Nancy Pelosi, perhaps, will overturn it. And that is horribly unfair to the voters in the second district in Iowa, and we are pushing back.”
Ernst has appealed to the House Committee on Administration to overturn the results. The decision bypasses the traditional route of challenging the results through Iowa’s courts.
“At least twenty-two Iowans’ legally-cast ballots still have not been counted due to a string of errors. We are glad to see the House Committee on Administration taking the next step towards ensuring that every legally-cast vote is counted in this race and that all Iowans’ voices are heard,” reported a Hart campaign statement on Wednesday.
Pelosi stated in a Thursday press conference there were options in which the results could be reexamined.
“States should rule their election, voters in that state should decide who represents them,” Miller-Meeks told “Special Report” Friday. “This is a process where they want to go against the laws of our state, the election laws of our state, against the voters of our state, and to determine who they want to seat in Congress.”
The battle will continue to intensify at focus shifts to the 2022 midterm elections. Republics need to flip just five seats to regain an advantage in the House.