House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed Thursday that, at least in the eyes of Democrats, GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ 2020 election victory in Iowa is still not done and settled.
According to Fox News, the House speaker indicated during her weekly press conference that “of course” there’s a chance Miller-Meeks’ win could be overturned, even though officials in the Hawkeye State have already certified the results of the razor-thin race.
“Could you see a scenario? We don’t do press conferences on ‘can you see a scenario.’ Of course! Of course!” Pelosi said in response to a reporter who pressed on whether Democrat Rita Hart — who lost to Miller-Meeks by six votes last November — could still pull off a victory.
“I respect the work of the committee,” the speaker added of the House Administration panel, according to Fox. “We’ll see where that takes us. There could be a scenario to that extent.”
A razor-thin race
With nearly 400,000 votes cast in Iowa’s 2nd District, Miller-Meeks eked out a win by a margin of less than 1% on Nov. 3, 2020. But though Pelosi seemed to accept Miller-Meeks’ win by seating her in the 117th Congress, Politico reported at the time that not everyone agreed with the final result.
Hart, for her part, argued that “not all legal ballots were properly counted,” according to Politico, and instead of going to the courts, she went straight to the top — to the House itself — to make her appeal.
Soon after, Miller-Meeks sought to throw out Hart’s petition on the grounds that the Democrat “failed to exhaust state judicial procedures before filing her notice of contest with the House,” as Fox reported. But on Wednesday, the House Administration Committee opted to move forward with its review of the matter.
Now, it seems Pelosi is leaving the door open to whatever the Democrat-headed committee may decide — and as far as Hart is concerned, that’s a step in the right direction.
“At least twenty-two Iowans’ legally-cast ballots still have not been counted due to a string of errors,” a spokesperson for the Democrat said Wednesday, according to Fox. “We are glad to see the House Committee on Administration taking the next step towards ensuring that every legally-cast vote is counted in this race and that all Iowans’ voices are heard.”
The bottom line
Of course, after what Democrats did to anyone who questioned the outcome of the race between then-President Donald Trump and now-President Joe Biden, Pelosi’s vague and indecisive statement about the hotly contested Iowa race tells Americans everything they need to know about her party’s integrity.
From this angle, it looks like Hart knew that she had no chance of overturning the election in front of an Iowa state court, so instead, she took the case to Democrats in the House in hopes that they would rule in her favor.
Only time will tell if Hart’s strategy proves successful for her, but at least one thing is for certain: with one of the slimmest majorities in the House in decades, Democrats certainly have the motivation to stack the cards in their own favor. Republicans would do well to put up just as strong a fight for victory as their counterparts on the other side of the political aisle undoubtedly will.