Republicans have managed to flip yet another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
GOP candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks is projected to win the race for Iowa’s 2nd District following a recount, Just the News reported Sunday.
This particular race was a nail-biter, as it appears Miller-Meeks’ margin of victory will be the narrowest of any House race in the 2020 election and even in recent history. After a weekend recount, it was determined that Miller-Meeks edged out Democratic candidate Rita Hart by just six votes, Iowa’s Press-Citizen reported.
Miller-Meeks is expected to be certified as the winner by Iowa’s canvassing board on Monday.
“While the race is extraordinarily close, I am proud to have won this contest and look forward to being certified as the winner by the state’s Executive Council on Monday,” Miller-Meeks said in a statement published on Twitter.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to be elected to serve the people of eastern and southern Iowa,” she added. “Iowans are tenacious, optimistic and hard working, and I will take those same attributes to Washington.”
It is not yet clear whether Hart will attempt to legally challenge the results in court.
The 2nd District seat that Miller-Meeks won was previously held by a Democrat, marking another victory for Republicans who continue to chip away at the Democrats’ majority in the House.
“House GOP flipped at least 12 seats with major victories for incoming women, veterans, and minorities,” Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo said last week.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), agreed. “The Republican Party really made great gains, not only did we flip 12, there are four more races out there and we’re ahead in all four of them so I expect as the week progresses it will end up somewhere around 212, 213 seats, it only takes 218 for a majority,” he told Bartiromo, according to Fox News.
McCarthy blamed the Democrats’ far-left agenda for their defeats and said Republicans’ success shows that the American people have “rejected” the “Democrat socialist policy.”
Looking forward, he said that “the next two years are going to be about the Republican commitment versus the Democrats’ agenda,” Fox reporetd.