The Democrats ’latest blow was on Monday when Iowa officials confirmed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the winner of her race after a countdown of 394,000 casts – or 0.002 percentage points – found leading Democrat Rita Hart with just six votes.
“When we started this recount, Rita Hart was 47 votes behind,” Zach Meunier, Hart’s campaign manager, said in a statement Monday. “As more and more Iowans’ voices were heard, the margin narrowed dramatically to just 6 votes today – making it the closest congressional race in recent history and one of the closest in a hundred years.”
Hart indicated that he intends to launch a legal challenge that will further prolong the competition and perhaps put the House in an awkward position when it has to decide which woman to plant. Miller-Meeks, ophthalmologist and state senator after three unsuccessful attempts, he started for the district for the fourth time.
A recount has not yet begun in New York, where a disorganized, decentralized electoral system has marred the close retaliatory result between Brindisi and former GOP spokesman Claudia Tenney, who is currently separated by roughly a dozen votes. But upwards of a thousand ballots remain controversial or uncountable, including a large number of temporary ballots, according to the results of both campaigns.
After falling behind on election night, a wave of missing votes helped Brindisi close the gap – although the different reporting processes in the county’s counties made the process less transparent. A New York judge will review the total amount of county votes Monday afternoon before determining the next steps, which could include a recall. Tenney and Brindisi also issued statements of optimism.
“Our campaign is committed to ensuring that every – and only – legal vote counts,” said Sean Kennedy, a spokesman for Tenney. “The will of the electorate must be respected and the integrity of the electoral process must be preserved. We are confident that Claudia will be the winner if we tell and do everything. “
Brindisi and Hart both retained Perkins Coie, a lawyer for the Democratic Democratic Election Law Firm – a sign they are preparing for a long legal process. Marc Elias, head of election law practice at Perkins Coie, is a recounting expert who successfully led Al Franken’s Democratic efforts in Minnesota’s 2008 Senate race. Franken dropped about 200 votes after the first count, but was ahead of Senite at the time. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) In a recount.
Hart’s campaign is already signaling that he is challenging the result, noting in a statement that “the recount process was designed to count the votes already collected, which meant that no further legal votes might have yet to be counted”. Hart has two days to compete under state law after the Iowa Canvass Board certified the Miller-Meeks victory.
His challenge will be presented to a panel of judges, including the Chief Justice of the State of Iowa, to determine the winner of the competition. Hart can also appeal directly to the House, which is probably a last resort.
The House may refuse to meet with Miller-Meeks and establish a committee to review the matter. If Hart files an application under the federal contested election law, the Household Administration Committee claims jurisdiction.
If the result remains, Republicans will control three of Iowa’s four congressional districts after holding only one after 2018 middle sections. In particular, it was the seat of the white whale for Republicans who could not recover it since Dave Loebsack, then a little-known professor of political science, won it in 2006.
Loebsack decided to retire after this cycle and created the top battlefield that President Donald Trump won in 2016 after President Barack Obama wore it twice. Democrats moved quickly to solidify behind Hart, a farmer and a state senator who was the party’s 2018 deputy governor-designate. Miller-Meeks, who was defeated by Loebsack in 2008, 2010 and 2014, beat Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) Former Representative in the GOP pre-election.
The elections challenged by Iowa are much closer to the resolution than those in New York, where a judge has not yet had to entrust a retrial. Scott DelConte, the Supreme Court judge, is expected to decide in the coming days on the disputed absences and interim votes that could move the final amount in favor of both candidates.
“The integrity of the election and the maintenance of the vote count, which ensures that voters in the district are heard, is extremely important,” said Luke Jackson, a spokesman for the Brindisi campaign. “We hope that when the counting process is complete, Anthony will be declared the winner.”
The photo, which ended in Iowa and New York, reflects a controversial partisan battle after the 1984 election, when the Democrat-controlled House rejected the Republican Challenger meeting of Frank McCloskey (D-Ind.). Indiana Secretary of State named Republican Richard McIntyre the winner after a partial recount, but McIntyre was not seated in the House after an objection under the Federal Competition Act.
In a recount by the General Accounting Bureau of Congress, McCloskey was found the winner by four votes, and the House – largely along parties – voted for him, provoking bitter protests from Republicans deep down in the minority.
Sarah Ferris contributed to the report.