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Rita Hart, August 2019. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call

Democrat Rita Hart dropped her challenge on Wednesday against Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks' razor-thin victory in an Iowa House race.

Why it matters: Hart's withdrawal comes after she faced growing skepticism from Democrats about her push to overturn the certified results of the race for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, a contest she lost by six votes.

  • She had called for the U.S. House to overturn the race and investigate after claiming that some ballots weren't examined in a recount.
  • Republicans held a sustained campaign opposing the Committee on House Administration's review of the November election, Politico reports. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "dismiss this partisan contest."

What she's saying: "I wish Mariannette Miller-Meeks all the best as she serves the people of this great state as Congresswoman. This has been a difficult process for all of those involved and it's incredibly important that we work together to reform the system so this does not happen again in the future," Hart said in a statement.

  • "Running to represent the people of Iowa's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives has been one of the greatest honors of my life," she said.

Committee on House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) responded to Hart withdrawing her contest in a statement: “There being no contestant, there is no longer a contest, and the Committee will, accordingly, recommend that the whole House dispose of the contest and adopt a dismissal resolution reported out by the Committee."

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Why it matters: The document, titled "Cementing GOP as the Working Class Party," leaves no doubt that Republicans — at least in the House of Representatives — will be doubling down on Donald Trump for the foreseeable future.

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Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.

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What he's saying: "During many years, we have had in our minds that it was granted that if you are a member of the EU, of course you apply the rule of law; you have full respect for democracy, fundamental rights and so on — maybe with some concerns but with a real intention to adapt your legislation to be in full compliance [with EU law]," Reynders said.