Democrat Rita Hart has withdrawn her petition in the race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District against Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks. State-certified results showed Hart finishing six votes behind Miller-Meeks, out of more than 400-thousand cast, as a result Hart filed the petition with the U.S. House Committee.
She argued approximately 22 legally cast ballots had not been included in the district-wide recount in November.
Hart says after many conversations with people she trusts, she made the decision to end the contest. Hart says there’s been a toxic drumbeat of political disinformation about the review process and Hart’s calling for reform of the recount process in close races like hers to ensure lawfully cast votes aren’t excluded in the future.
Hart, in a written statement, said having the race be in limbo has been difficult for all involved and she wished Miller-Meeks all the best as she continues to serve Iowan’s.