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Democratic candidate for Congress Rita Hart arriving at Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan’s house for her backyard campaign tour in Iowa City on September 26, 2020. (Daniel McGregor-Huyer/The Daily Iowan)

Democrat Rita Hart ends contest for IA-02 seat

Lauren White, Politics Reporter March 31, 2021

After four months of legal challenges against the Iowa 2nd Congressional District election results, Democrat Rita Hart has brought her contest to an end.  Hart released a statement Wednesday afternoon...

The Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann speaks to the audience during the Iowa GOPs America First Dinner at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. President Donald Trump was the special guest for the event.

Top Republican officials in Iowa condemned Rita Hart’s contest in the U.S. House

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter March 25, 2021

Iowa Republican leaders say it’s time to move on from the election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District race.  “Those votes have been counted, they've been recounted, they've been canvassed...

Democratic candidate Rita Hart speaks during a brunch fundraiser for Sen. Zach Wahls at the Walker Homestead on July 14, 2019.

Lawyer for Rita Hart said he expects lawmakers will follow will of voters

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter March 23, 2021

As the U.S. House moves forward with Rita Hart’s notice of contest, her lawyer, Marc Elias, said he thinks that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will respect the will of Iowa voters if the evidence...


House committee rejects Miller-Meeks’ motion to dismiss Hart’s election contest

Caleb McCullough, Managing Editor March 10, 2021

A U.S. House committee will hold off on deciding whether to dismiss a contest of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District election and will consider the merits of Democrat Rita Hart’s contest of the razor-thin...


Miller-Meeks tells House to dismiss Hart’s contest of IA-02 election

Natalie Dunlap, Politics Reporter January 21, 2021

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who is provisionally seated in the 117th Congress to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, is asking Congress to dismiss Democrat Rita Hart’s notice of...


Mariannette Miller-Meeks to take up 2nd District seat as Hart contest continues

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor December 30, 2020

Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks will take the seat as the representative for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Sunday, but the contest of the results from Democrat Rita Hart continues. U.S....

Democratic candidate Rita Hart speaks during a brunch fundraiser for Sen. Zach Wahls at the Walker Homestead on July 14, 2019.

Rita Hart campaign files petition in U.S. House, claims uncounted ballots will give her a nine-point lead

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor December 22, 2020

The Rita Hart campaign filed a petition with the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to contest Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ six-vote victory, saying the uncounted ballots will ensure...

Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks (left) speaks with a member of UISG during the Hawkeye Caucus at the State Capitol in Des Moines on April 9, 2019. Iowa State Senator Rita Hart (right) speaks with supporters during her meet and greet at Yotopia on June 30, 2019.

Fact Check | Breaking down Iowa’s 6-vote 2nd District U.S. House appeal

Mary Hartel, News Reporter December 18, 2020

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. Edited by Lyle Muller and Sarah Watson A 6-vote...

Representative Dave Loebsack stands for a portrait at the Daily Iowan newsroom on Sunday, September 23, 2018. (Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

Extending opportunity: Dave Loebsack reflects on a career in Congress

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor December 15, 2020

Growing up a stone’s throw away from the crowded stockyards of Sioux City, Dave Loebsack never thought Congress was in his future. His parents divorced, and he was raised by a single mother who...


Experts say that an open race and a high turnout rate contributed to Miller-Meeks’ gains in 2nd District.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter December 2, 2020

A retiring incumbent and presidential coattails helped Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks secure a six-point lead in the certified results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, after three previous...

Rita Hart, Democratic candidate for Iowas Second Congressional District, speaks to supporters at Yotopia in Iowa City on Sunday.

Rita Hart to challenge 2nd District election results

Lauren White, Politics Reporter December 2, 2020

Democrat Rita Hart announced Wednesday that she will challenge the results of a district-wide recount for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District race, which put her six votes behind Republican Mariannette...


The numbers behind this year’s closest Congressional race

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter November 30, 2020

The race in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District was the closest congressional race the state had seen in over a century. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate finalized the results on Monday, certifying...

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