Iowa's 2nd Congressional District: What you need to know about the nation's closest election between Miller-Meeks and Hart


The fight over Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District is growing more contentious as a panel in the U.S. House of Representatives begins to review its razor-thin election results. 

After a districtwide recount showed her winning by six votes, Congress provisionally seated Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks pending a challenge from Democrat Rita Hart.

Here’s a look at what you need to know as her challenge moves forward.

Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks, left, and Democrat Rita Hart.

How did we get here? 

The District – Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in 2020 was an open seat vacated by retired U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack.

The Election – On election night, the Associated Press said the race was too close to call. At the time, Miller-Meeks was ahead by fewer than 300 votes. Following reports of data entry errors that misallocated more than 300 extra votes to Miller-Meeks, Hart called for a full recount of the district’s 24 counties.



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