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Democrat Rita Hart withdraws Iowa House race challenge

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers a question during a...
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers a question during a debate with Rita Hart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa officials on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, were expected to certify a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District after a recount saw her 47-vote lead steadily dwindle to single digits but never be overcome.(Rebecca F. Miller | Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP, File)
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 5:03 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Rita Hart, the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional district U.S House seat, announced Wednesday she had decided to withdraw her contest before the House Committee on Administration.

Hart lost Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District race to Republican Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks by only six votes.

Hart asked the Democratic-controlled U.S. House to investigate and overturn the race arguing that 22 ballots were wrongly excluded and others weren’t examined during the recount.

Her withdrawal comes the same day that GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy traveled to Davenport, Iowa with Rep. Miller-Meeks to demand an end to the contest.

“After many conversations with people I trust about the future of this contest, I have made the decision to withdraw my contest before the House Committee on Administration,” Hart wrote in a statement Wednesday. “I am saddened that some Iowans’ votes will not count through no fault of their own. The work of ensuring it does not happen again will continue beyond this campaign.”

Hart continued by wishing Miller-Meeks the best as she serves the people of Iowa.

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