Both the Republican and Democratic congressional candidates for Iowa’s second district House seat traveled to the nation’s capital for new member orientation, a move that came after GOP candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks declared victory in the race.
According to The Quad-City Times, both Miller-Meeks and Democratic candidate Rita Hart, neither of whom are incumbents, traveled to the new member orientation in Washington, DC, this weekend, which is typical for candidates in uncalled or close races.
And when Miller-Meeks declared victory last week, the margin separating the two candidates was as close as most races can get — only 40 votes, per Iowa Public Radio.
“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the voters of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and acknowledge my opponent Rita Hart’s grace and positive demeanor during this challenging campaign,” said Miller-Meeks in a statement. “The election is over, and it is time to move forward together and focus on the priorities that will best serve Iowans.”