Miller-Meeks regains lead over Hart as Iowa updates vote totals again

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UPDATE: The Iowa Secretary of State again updated vote totals Tuesday in U.S. House District 2. Mariannette Miller-Meeks extended her lead over Rita Hart to 49 votes.

EARLIER UPDATE: The Iowa Secretary of State updated vote totals again Tuesday in U.S. House District 2. Mariannette Miller-Meeks led by 282 on Election Night, Rita Hart took a 162-vote lead Friday when totals were updated the first time, and now Miller-Meeks is up by 34.

“As we have said all along, the most important part of this process is that we get this right, and that our election officials not put expediency ahead of accuracy with Iowans’ voices at stake,” Hart’s campaign said in a news release Tuesday. “Over the last several days, multiple consequential errors have materialized in this race that have serious implications for the district’s future representation. Given multiple errors found in Jasper and Lucas counties at the eleventh hour, the counties should take special care to ensure that they have accurately counted every ballot and the totals are correct. It is outrageous that Lucas would identify a race defining change in the middle of the night the night before the county canvass, six days after the election, and then rush to certify results just hours later before accuracy has been ensured. Given the mistakes we’ve seen so far, the counties should not adopt results until they have taken the time needed to make sure they are absolutely correct. Anything less will perpetuate doubt around this election.”

EARLIER UPDATE: The Iowa Secretary of State has updated vote totals in U.S. House District 2. Rita Hart previously trailed Mariannette Miller-Meeks by 282 votes, but now leads by 162.

EARLIER UPDATE: Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ campaign released a statement about the unofficial vote total giving the Republican candidate a 282 vote win over her Democratic opponent.

“The official canvass will not take place until Monday and Tuesday when the 24 county election boards meet across the congressional district. Our campaign has received and tallied votes from every county auditor, double checked those totals and compared them with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. We are confident Dr. Miller-Meeks’ winning margin will stand. Questions about a recount are premature until county officials conduct their official canvasses next week.”

EARLIER UPDATE: Mariannette Miller-Meeks finished 282 votes ahead of Rita Hart when unofficial results were announced Wednesday morning in the race to replace Dave Loebsack in Iowa U.S. House District 2.

After 393,256 votes were tabulated, it broke 196,769 to 196,487 in favor of Miller-Meeks.

Rita Hart issued the following statement:

“Ballots are outstanding and over the coming days we will ensure that Iowans’ voices are heard and that remaining votes are counted. Iowa election law is incredibly clear that absentee ballots postmarked by the day before the election and received by a county auditor by November 9, 2020 must be counted.”

Meanwhile, Miller-Meeks claimed victory:

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