The 2020 election saw many hotly contested congressional races, with one of the closest in Iowa’s 2nd district. There, Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks bested Democratic candidate Rita Hart by only six votes out of more than 400,000 ballots cast.
Although Miller-Meeks was already sworn into office over two months ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently said it’s possible that Miller-Meeks’ victory could be overturned, Fox News reported.
Pelosi made the suggestion during a press conference Thursday after a reporter noted that Hart has opted to challenge Miller-Meeks’ victory before the House Administration Committee rather than address it in court.
Hart campaign: Not all votes were counted
“Could you see a scenario? … Of course! Of course!” Pelosi said regarding the possibility that Hart might ultimately take Miller-Meeks’s seat.
“I respect the work of the committee,” Pelosi went on, adding, “We’ll see where that takes us. There could be a scenario to that extent.”
The speaker’s remarks came following claims by Hart’s campaign that 22 voters did not have their ballots counted, a figure that would have given Hart a victory over her Republican opponent.
“At least twenty-two Iowans’ legally-cast ballots still have not been counted due to a string of errors,” a Hart spokesperson 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 spokesperson added.
Ernst: “Horribly unfair”
That message isn’t going over well with Iowa Republicans, including Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).
“Rep. Miller-Meeks has been seated in Congress. She won this election,” Ernst said during an appearance on Fox & Friends Weekend. “It was certified by Iowans … and now Nancy Pelosi, perhaps, will overturn it.”
“And that is horribly unfair to the voters in the second district in Iowa, and we are pushing back. Because we know she would love to overturn this election,” Ernst added.
Miller-Meeks expressed frustration as well, telling Fox News Channel’s Special Report on Friday, “There is no doubt in my mind, and there is no doubt in the bipartisan executive council who certified me the winner. It was not only the secretary of state, it was the bipartisan executive council.”