Lead in Iowa 2nd District Race Down To Just 6 Votes
There were 394,400 votes cast in the race for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. The lead in that race has now shrunk to just 6 votes, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
The Gazette reported that Clinton County completed its recount over the weekend, the last of the 24 counties in the district to do their recount. The race narrowed even more and is one of the closest federal races in a century. Democrat Rita Hart gained a net of two votes in her home county after the recount board counted close to 6,000 absentee ballots. That narrowed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' lead to just 6 votes. A state canvassing board is scheduled to meet this afternoon, the legal deadline to certify the results of the race.
Even though Miller-Meeks is claiming victory in her latest statement, a legal battle could still be brewing. Legal challenges by the Hart campaign would put the case before a judicial panel.
The Gazette reports that no Iowa congressional race has been this close and led to a recount in over a century. The tightest Iowa race that came this close was back in 1916 when Republican George C. Scott won by four votes over Democrat T.J. Steele in the 11th Iowa Congressional District. Since then, only three Iowa Congressional races have come to down to fewer than 500 votes.
It just goes to show you that the saying is true. Every vote counts.