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Pelosi to seat Republican in contested Iowa race


#Pelosi made the announcement during a press conference #Wednesday, when she succinctly replied “yes” when asked if she planned to seat #Miller-Meeks before moving on to another question.

“Every vote counts and that’s why the #Committee on #House #Administration is conducting a thorough and fair review of this election to make sure every vote was counted and counted as cast,” #Pelosi’s spokesperson, #Drew #Hammill, elaborated in a statement following the press conference. “Pending the outcome of the #Committee’s review and consistent with #House practice, we intend to provisionally seat the #Republican candidate on #Sunday.”

The fate of #Iowa’s second district — and who would be seated when #Congress meets to begin the 117th #Congress on #Sunday — has remained an open question as lawmakers and campaign officials of both parties speculated what #Pelosi might do. #House #Democrats could have also chosen to leave the seat open until the #House panel completes its review.

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#But many #Democrats were privately worried about the optics of not seating the certified winner of the seat as they continue to sharply criticize #President #Donald #Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election results, despite #Joe #Biden’s overwhelming victory.

#Refusing to seat #Miller-Meeks, the certified winner of an election, would be extremely rare. #It has only happened three times since 1933, according to congressional records.

#Miller-Meeks was declared the winner by #Iowa’s election officials in late #November, but #Hart has not conceded and is now asking the #House #Administration #Committee to scrutinize the results and possibly overturn the state’s decision.

#Any member of the #House could object to #Miller-Meeks being sworn in with the rest of the freshmen class on #Jan. 3, but senior aides predicted that would be unlikely to happen after #Pelosi made the decision to seat her.

#Hart formally filed her challenge with the #House last week under the #Federal #Contested #Election #Act. (#Pelosi’s intent to seat #Miller-Meeks will not directly affect #Hart’s contest.)

#In the coming weeks, the #House #Administration #Committee is expected to create a panel to investigate her claims — potentially by conducting a recount — and then determine the victor of the seat.

#In her complaint, #Hart laid out a detailed explanation of why 22 ballots had been improperly rejected. #Had these ballots been tallied, she said she would have been in the lead.

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The current incumbent, #Democratic #Rep. #Dave #Loebsack, is retiring next month. #Miller-Meeks, an ophthalmologist, has run four times for the southeast #Iowa district. The district is a biennial swing-seat. #Trump carried it in 2016 and 2020.



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