Republican Wins IA House Election By 11 VOTES After Recount- Machines Declared Democrat Winner, Hand Count Revealed Republican Won

Iowa’s House District 81 race has been nothing short of chaotic.

After a series of four recounts, Republican Luana Stoltenberg has officially defeated Democrat Craig Cooper for Iowa’s House District 81 seat.

Per ABC affiliate WQAD, the recount board carried out both a machine recount and a hand recount.

The machine recount declared Democrat Craig Cooper as the winner.

However, a hand recount revealed Stoltenberg won the race by 11 votes garnering 5,073 votes to Cooper’s 5,062 votes.

WQAD reported:

Despite Cooper winning the machine recount, Tompkins said Iowa law dictates that the recount board can choose which results to use when certifying their report. That’s why the recount board chose to certify the hand count instead of the machine count, deeming Stoltenberg the winner.

In her administrative recount report to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday, Tompkins cited issues with machines jamming during counting.

Democrat Craig Cooper accepted his defeat and, in a Facebook post, congratulated Stoltenberg on her big win.

In a separate comment, Republican winner Stoltenberg expressed she’s still in disbelief and advocated for hand recounts to override machine recounts in the future.


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