There is a close election, then an incredibly close election. A state canvassing board in Iowa is expected to certify Monday that Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican, won an open seat in Congress by just six votes.
If the board certifies the results, after a recount that narrowed the race down from Ms Miller-Meeks’ lead on Nov. 12 out of 47 votes, Democratic candidate Rita Hart is likely to challenge the result before a judicial panel .
Ms Hart’s campaign manager Zach Meunier said over the weekend, after all counties in the district completed the accounts, that Ms Hart would reconsider the state council’s decision “with a view to ensuring that all voices in Iowa are fully and fairly heard.
Ms Miller-Meeks, a state senator making her fourth congressional run, declared victory after accounts from 24 counties in the district. A victory for her would further erode the Democrats’ majority in the House, after Republicans spilled a net of at least nine seats previously held by Democrats.
The Hart campaign said the six-vote margin was the thinnest in any congressional race since 1984, when an Indiana race narrowed to just four votes.
Both candidates attended the orientation in Washington for new members of Congress as the race – to replace an outgoing Democrat, Rep. Dave Loebsack – was undecided.
Although numerous Iowa polls have shown Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats to be competitive ahead of the election, the party suffered heavy losses in the state. President Trump increased it by 8.2 percentage points. And in Iowa’s First District, Representative Abby Finkenauer, a first-term Democrat, was ousted by Ashley Hinson, a Republican.