Nancy Pelosi’s Bid To Steal House Steals Fails

( Nancy Pelosi isn’t going to be able to overturn a congressional election in Iowa after all.

On Wednesday, Democrat Rita Hart, who lost a race in her district for a seat in the House of Representatives, decided to withdraw her challenge to that race. In the election, Hart lost to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by only six votes.

She immediately filed challenges to the results of that election, and the House, under the rule of Speaker Pelosi, was embracing her challenge. And since Democrats have control in the House, it looked all but a certainty that they would collude to overturn the Iowa election to add another Democrat to the House.

That all changed Wednesday, though, when Hart withdrew her challenge. Hart tweeted her decision Wednesday with a formal statement attached. She introduced her statement by writing:

“Running to represent the people of #IA02 in the U.S. House of Representatives has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I could not have done it without all of you. Read my statement from today here.”

In that statement, Hart said:

“After many conversations with people I trust about the future of this contest, I have made the decision to withdraw my contest before the House Committee on Administration. Since Election Day, and throughout this entire process, my mission has been about ensuring the voices of Iowans who followed the law are not silenced. I am saddened that some Iowans’ votes will not count through no fault of their own. The work of ensuring it does not happen again will continue beyond this campaign.”

She added:

“I wish Mariannette Miller-Meeks all the best as she serves the people of this great state as Congresswoman. This has been a difficult process for all of those involved and it’s incredibly important that we work together to reform the system so this does not happen again in the future.”

Hart’s challenge claimed that there were 22 ballots in Iowa that should’ve been counted in the election. If they had been counted, they would’ve swayed the results in Hart’s favor, she claimed.

There were approximately 400,000 votes cast in that election, which the Iowa State Board of Canvassers certified after doing a full recount.

But, Hart claimed there were those 22 outstanding votes that weren’t being counted that would have pushed her over the top. The House Administration Committee took up her challenge, of course, since Hart is a Democrat and the lower chamber is a Democratic majority.

It’s ironic that the Pelosi-House would take up the challenge of a losing candidate to overturn an election, since Pelosi and the Democrats were so adamant that the federal government shouldn’t get involved with state politics and elections.

Pelosi pushed forward to try to overturn the election, even as some Democrats in the House seemed uncomfortable about the prospects. As Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips tweeted:

“Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats. But overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America. Just because a majority can, does not mean a majority should.”