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

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The closest race in recent history occurred in Iowa’s 2nd District and after recounts in all 24 counties, Miller-Meeks was declared the winner by six votes. Experts say that her win was aided by the retiring of an incumbent and the riding of presidential coattails.
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 to challenge 2nd District election results

Rita Hart, Democratic candidate for Iowa's Second Congressional District, speaks to supporters at Yotopia in Iowa City on Sunday.
After a recount in all 24 counties in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District and the state canvassing boards certifying Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the winner with a six-vote lead, Rita Hart plans to challenge the results through legal action in the House Committee on Administration.
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...

Chuck Grassley says Congress should pass bipartisan COVID-19 relief package

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with the Daily Iowan staff after a visit to Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019.
The Republican senator from Iowa said he'd be willing to vote on a relief package that's under $1 trillion, but said the type of aid is more important than the price tag.
December 2, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley said he'd be willing to vote for a coronavirus relief package that comes in at less than $1 trillion, provided it has key bipartisan provisions. In a conference call with reporters...

The numbers behind this year’s closest Congressional race

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Undervotes, rejected mail in ballots, and mixed party tickets all contributed to a competitive election in a race without an incumbent for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District House Representative.
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...

Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ six-vote lead certified by Iowa Secretary of State

Iowa State Senator for District 41, Mariannette Miller-Meeks discuses COVID-19 at The Palmer House Stable on Oct. 20. Miller-Meeks was a 2020 candidate for  US Representative for Iowa 2nd District.
Mariannette Miller-Meeks' razor thin margin was certified by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, making Iowa's 2nd Congressional District the most competitive district in the country.
November 30, 2020

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate certified the results of the most competitive congressional race in the country, finalizing Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' six-vote margin of victory. The...

Miller-Meeks leads 2nd District by six votes with all county recounts complete

U.S. Congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks approaches the stage at the Riverside Casino after winning the election against her opponent, D. Rita Hart, Tuesday night.
The results are set to be certified by the state canvassing board on Monday, but legal challenges from the Hart campaign are still possible.
November 28, 2020

The battle for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District has narrowed once again as Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks leads by a razor-thin six-vote margin following the recount in all counties in the...

Yes, President Trump’s claims of fraud go back to Iowa’s 2016 caucuses

Yes, President Trump’s claims of fraud go back to Iowa’s  2016 caucuses
Following President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, tweeters wrote that Trump also claimed Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 Iowa caucuses win was because of fraud. Trump, indeed, made those 2016 claims.
November 20, 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 If your time...

Chuck Grassley tests positive for COVID-19

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters during a press conference at Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)
The longest-serving Republican in the Senate and third in line for the presidency, Grassley announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for COV ID-19. He entered quarantine Tuesday morning after finding out he had been exposed to the virus.
November 17, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate and third in line for the presidency, announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. Grassley, 87, said in a statement...

Sen. Chuck Grassley in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with the Daily Iowan staff after a visit to Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019.
Sen. Chuck Grassley will quarantine at home while waiting for test results after being exposed to COVID-19.
November 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday he has been exposed to COVID-19 and is in quarantine awaiting test results. “I learned today that I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus,” Grassley...

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller rebuffs Trump’s claims of election fraud

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
The Democratic Attorneys General Association held a press conference Friday, and Miller and others said there was no evidence that voter fraud led to Biden's electoral college victory.
November 13, 2020

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, joined a press briefing with other Democratic attorneys general on Friday, where officials said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the...

Chuck Grassley won’t acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect until recounts and legal challenges are settled

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., has a conversation at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday, January 13, 2020.
The Republican senator compared the 2020 election to the 2000 presidential election, saying he would wait for recounts and legal challenges to be settled before acknowledging Joe Biden as president-elect.
November 12, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the presidential election, which has been called by the Associated Press and other major news outlets, is still too close to call in a conference call with reporters...

Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District vote controversy nothing compared to the 1924 election

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. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)
In one Iowa congressional district watched nationally, the race is separated by just a few dozen votes. But in 1924, the race was so contentious, the seat swapped occupants in March because of contested election results months earlier.
November 11, 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 Sarah Watson The election results for...

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