WASHINGTON (AP) -- A defeated Democrat has abruptly dropped her bid to overturn her six-vote loss for a House seat from Iowa, abandoning what loomed as a long legal and political battle in the face of shaky support from her own party.
In a three-paragraph statement Wednesday, Rita Hart blamed a "toxic campaign of political disinformation" that she said had "effectively silenced the voices of Iowans."
But she also congratulated Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the Republican who won the November election and was seated when the new Congress took office in January, even as Hart's appeal proceeded.
Miller-Meeks' victory was certified by a bipartisan board of Iowa officials after a recount.
By ALAN FRAM