Democrats paying legal fees for Marc Elias to argue for overturning Iowa election where GOP candidate won by just SIX votes – as Nancy Pelosi tries to pad her House majority and GOP claims they’re trying to ‘steal’ another election
- The DCCC is bringing in and paying legal fees for election attorney Marc Elias to argue for overturning the House election results in Iowa’s 2nd District
- In the November election, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won by just six votes
- Democrats are arguing she did not win because 22 votes were not counted
- They instead are aiming to overturn the results and further pad their majority with Democrat Rita Hart
Democratic leadership is attempting to further pad their House majority by sinking into disputing the election results in an Iowa House race where Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won by just six votes.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is paying legal fees for attorney Marc Elias to argue for overturning the results. The Democratic election lawyer helped this winter fight against dozens of lawsuits brought by Donald Trump arguing fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Miller-Meeks bested Democratic candidate Rita Hart in November by one of the closest margins in American election history as they competed to represent Iowa’s 2nd District. Now the party is alleging 22 ballots were not counted – a consequential amount in a race with less than a 1% margin of victory.
The attempt from Democrats to bolster their slim House majority comes just weeks after they excoriated Trump for launching his series of voter fraud claims in an attempt to overturn the Electoral College results.
Trump allies claim the latest is just another attempt by Democrats to fraudulently take an election.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused last week during floor remarks that Pelosi is trying to ‘steal’ a House seat.
It’s questionable how much credibility Republicans will have – especially in the public eye – after several bowed to Trump’s request to object to the Electoral College results.
Elias doesn’t usually wade into old House race, making his involvement a clear signal that Democrats are adamant in their efforts to flip the House seat.
‘Federal law provides that this contest is the proper avenue to ensure that all legal ballots are counted and we have presented credible evidence to support their inclusion in the final tally,’ Elias said in a statement provided by the DCCC to Politico Playbook on Monday.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is bringing in and paying legal fees for attorney Marc Elias (pictured) to argue for overturning the House election results in Iowa’s 2nd District
Democrats are arguing that Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks actually did not win reelection by just six votes – claiming that 22 votes were not counted
They instead are aiming to overturn the results and further pad their majority with Democrat Rita Hart
Earlier this month, Democrats sent an appeal to the House Administration Committee contesting the results of the certified election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference earlier this month where she asserted the appeal could lead to an overturn.
Democrats are insisting the Administration Committee’s rulings and DCCC’s motivations are separate things entirely.
The Iowa GOP released a statement Monday claiming the state’s 2nd congressional district is ‘becoming toxic for Democrats’ as some support the move to overturn House the election and others exhibit hesitancy.
‘Democrats are beginning to feel the heat in response to Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to overturn a state-certified election in Iowa’s Second Congressional District,’ the state’s Republican Party wrote.
They noted in the email that during an interview on Sunday with Fox News, Democratic Rep. David Price of North Carolina said he doesn’t believe there’s the ‘slightest chance’ they will overturn the certified results.
Rep. Cheri Bustos, who was DCCC chair previously, was confronted on the matter in Iowa, but has remained silent.