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Closest House Race in US May Come Down to Drawing Name From Hat

Closest House Race in US May Come Down to Drawing Name From Hat
Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers a question during a debate with Rita Hart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 8, 2020. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP)

By Wednesday, 25 November 2020 08:19 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The recount continued Wednesday in the nation’s closest U.S. House race in Iowa’s 2nd District. 

Last night, conservative Republican and state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks had her slim 50-vote lead over liberal Democrat Rita Hart cut down to just nine votes.

The latest figures were released by recount boards in all but two of the 24 counties in the district.

''It could drop further and it could even be a tie,'' former Johnson County GOP Chairman Bill Keettel told Newsmax.

Under an unusual regulation in the Hawkeye State, if a tie occurs in an election, then the winner is chosen by drawing a name from a hat or bowl.

For now, controversy remains over the current totals. According to The Des Moines Register, ''Hart netted 26 votes in Scott County after the recount board adjourned Wednesday without addressing a discrepancy in the number of absentee ballots recorded.''

Remaining to be counted are roughly 5,000 votes from Clinton County, where Hart served as state senator and owns a farm. The Register reported that Clinton will complete its count on Saturday. 

With certification of a winner scheduled for Monday, it is increasingly likely that the runner-up will file legal action. In Scott County, the most populous county in the district, Hart’s gain of 26 new votes in the recount has not been certified by county canvassers because 131 more absentee votes were discovered in the recount that weren’t in the initial count.

Miller-Meeks’ lawyer Alan Ostergren has charged that the process used to count ballots in Scott — first by machine and then hand-counting ballots the machine could not read to determine voter intent — is illegal and violates Iowa law which requires counting by machine or hand and not by both.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The recount continued Wednesday in the nation's closest U.S. House race in Iowa's 2nd District. Last night, conservative Republican and state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks had her slim 50-vote lead over liberal Democrat Rita Hart cut down to just nine votes. The latest...
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