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A Republican candidate in Iowa is set to win her congressional race by just 6 votes, the smallest margin in the whole US

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 29 Nov 2020


<p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5fc3c11850e71a0011557d7d-2350/Screenshot 2020-11-29 at 15.39.57.png" border="0" alt="Mariannette Miller-Meeks" data-mce-source="Screenshot/YouTube/EWTN" data-link="https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=V7imnmpu35U"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>A Republican candidate running for Congress in Iowa looks likely to win her race by just six votes after a recount in the tightest race in the entire country.</p><p><a href="https://qctimes.com/news/local/miller-meeks-lead-shrinks-to-six-votes-after-clinton-county-recount/article_cf80d9c0-1e7b-54d1-bef4-eb0513c27dea.html">According to local outlet the Quad Cities Times,</a> GOP candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks is set to win Iowa's second Congressional District over Democratic nominee Rita Hart by half a dozen votes, marking the narrowest margin of victory in the entire US during the November 2020 election season.</p><p>The two women, both of whom are currently state senators, were previously separated by eight votes. After completing a recount of around 6,000 votes in Clinton County, that margin narrowed to just six, the QC Times reported.</p><p>Around 395,000 votes were cast in the race for the congressional district, meaning that Miller-Meeks is ahead by just 0.001% of the vote.</p><p>"We're very pleased the results of the recount confirmed what we believed all along, that is Mariannette Miller-Meeks won this election," Alan Ostergren, an attorney for Miller-Meeks' campaign, said, according to the QC Times.</p><p>"The recount process here went very well in general."</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5fc3c302037cbd0018612c2f-2400/gettyimages-1161507613.jpg" border="0" alt="Rita hart speaks on farm" data-mce-source="Caroline Brehman/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Former Iowa State Senator Rita Hart speaks with a reporter at her farm in Wheatland, Iowa on Tuesday August 13, 2019."></p><p>By contrast, Hart's campaign accused Miller-Meeks and her team of trying to stop "legitimate votes from being counted" throughout the counting process.</p><p><a href="https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/rita-hart-mariannette-miller-meeks-recount-senate-20201128">In a statement reported by local Iowan newspaper The Gazette</a>, Hart's campaign manager Zach Meunier said: "Unfortunately, as this process continues, the Miller-Meeks campaign has sought to keep legitimate votes from being countedpushing to disqualify and limit the number of Iowans whose votes are counted."</p><p>Meunier stated: "We will closely review what the county and state boards do on Monday with an eye toward making sure all Iowa voices are fully and fairly heard."</p><p>Iowa's second congressional district has spent 13 years as a Democratic bastion under Representative Dave Loebsack, who is retiring from office.</p><p>A state canvassing board is expected to certify the results of the race on Monday, the legal deadline, <a href="https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-clinton-mariannette-miller-meeks-elections-house-elections-909545a7ad86ab1a03da6ab695f28d67">according to AP</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/republican-miller-meeks-to-win-iowa-congress-district-6-votes-2020-11#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/transgender-activist-former-white-house-intern-sarah-mcbride-isnt-discouraged-by-trump-2018-3">Sarah McBride made history becoming the first openly trans person elected to a state Senate seat. In 2018, she explained why the Trump administration wouldn't discourage her work.</a></p>
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