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The results of the iVoterGuide survey have been released for the 2022 election. We wanted to highlight some of the rankings in some of the more competitive races.

While a lot of eyes are on the Third District Congressional race, the First District race between Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Democrat Christina Bohannan was recently moved from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican.”

Bohannan was rated as a “verified liberal” by iVoterGuide. Miller-Meeks was rated as a “moderate.”

Bohannan appeals to her base much more than Miller-Meeks does. Miller-Meeks voted to certify the 2020 Presidential Election, voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, voted for the Jan. 6 Committee and much more.

In fact, Miller-Meeks receives just 63 percent from Conservative Review for her Liberty Score. She is docked for the following votes:

*July 19, 2022: Voting to codify same-sex marriage and banning states from supporting traditional marriage.
*July 14, 2022: Voting to extend chain migration to adult dependents of employment visa holders.
*July 14, 2022: Voting to pass a $817 billion defense spending bill without defunding military vaccine mandates.
*May 11, 2022: Voting to fund the war in Ukraine through the end of President Biden’s first term with a $40 billion ad package.
*March 10, 2022: Voting to pass a $1.5 trillion omnibus bill funding Biden’s vaccine mandates.
*March 10, 2022: Voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and funding Biden’s radical agenda.
*Feb. 8, 2022: Voting to bail out the Post Office and stick Medicare with the bill.
*Sept. 24, 2021: Voted to require women register for the drag in the National Defense Authorization Act.
*April 22, 2021: Voted against repealing authorization for use of military force against Iraq.

This also doesn’t factor in her vote in support of Liz Cheney to retain her leadership position.

Miller-Meeks received a 57.1 percent this session from Freedom Works.

She received 44 percent in 2021 from the ACLU and 30 percent from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2021.

Miller-Meeks did not respond to iVoterGuide’s questions.

Bohannan receives an average rating of 24 percent from conservative organizations on her iVoterGuide scorecard. The American Conservative Union Foundation in Iowa rated her 29 percent in 2021 and NFIB gave her 20 percent from 2021-22.

Bohannan also did not choose to respond to iVoterGuide’s questions.

It should be an interesting race in Iowa’s First District. Bohannan gives her “base” much more reason to vote for her than Miller-Meeks gives her “base.”

As of October 3, the district had 161,018 active Democrat voter registrations and 158,501 active Republican voter registrations. There’s no doubt the 150,570 active No Party voters will decide which candidate wins this race.

Miller-Meeks held a nine-point lead according to the Des Moines Register’s recent Iowa Poll. However, that specific poll had a margin of error of 8.4 percent.

While the Register’s poll shows Iowa District 2 much tighter, that is considered “likely Republican” by the Cook Report.

Conservative voters in the district have to decide if Miller-Meeks has earned another term. When compared with the alternative — a “verified liberal” Bohannan — the choice is relatively easy. But when Miller-Meeks’ moderate, disappointing voting record as a Republican is taken into account, then it depends on how a voter views their role in the process.

If the question is has Miller-Meeks earned another two-year term based on her time in D.C., well it is much more difficult to answer.

If the question is, on paper, in the immediate, who is better, Miller-Meeks or Bohannan, that’s easy.

Each voter gets to decide how they cast their ballot. But if Miller-Meeks somehow loses, it will be due to her inability to connect and appeal to her base.

For what it is worth, in our view, voters can make their argument either way. If they view politics as a competition, they’ll have little problem voting for Miller-Meeks. But if they’re looking for a conservative, a leader, a champion, they will not find one on the ballot.

Voters in the First District have to decide if moderate mediocrity is worth rewarding with another term. It is my belief that considering this race is for one seat out of 435, it doesn’t mean a lot to Republicans. The GOP is almost a lock to have control of the U.S. House with or without Miller-Meeks representing Iowa’s First District.

Essentially, the GOP voter in the district has to decide which quote from Ronald Reagan they abide by in November…

“Let’s have a new first party. A Republican Party raising a banner of bold colors, no pale pastels. A banner instantly recognizable as standing for certain values which will not be compromised.”

Or…

The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.”

Feel free to share your thoughts on who you’re voting for and why through a letter to the editor. You can send it to us at [email protected]

Author: Jacob Hall

2 COMMENTS

  1. I had a long conversation with Meeks and stating she voted for the January 6th committee is very misleading. She told me that she voted for what was to be a nonpartisan 6th committee, with both parties having equal power. She said she voted for this committee because she believed that if this committee was voted down Pelosi would form her own extremely partisan committee. Which is exactly what happened.

    I think you would agree that the most reliable opinions are formed by knowing, as clearly, as possible both sides of the story.

    Was she being Forthright with me?

    • Miller-Meeks has a history of being anti-Trump. She called him a “liar” and “corrupt” in 2016. She was one of only 35 Republicanns who voted for it. And President Trump said those were “35 wayward Republicans.” Trump called them “ineffective and weak.” She said she voted in support of the commission as a sign of support for Capitol Police.

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