Iowa Rep. Steve King Ousted In GOP Primary, AP Projects

After years of incendiary comments on race, King was largely abandoned by GOP leaders. He was defeated in Tuesday's primary by state Sen. Randy Feenstra, according to the Associated Press.

6/3/2020 7:12:00 AM

JUST IN: Iowa Rep. Steve King has lost his GOP primary, the AP projects. For years, he fired off incendiary comments about abortion and race, which lost him the support of many Republican Party leaders.

After years of incendiary comments on race, King was largely abandoned by GOP leaders. He was defeated in Tuesday's primary by state Sen. Randy Feenstra, according to the Associated Press.

Rep. Steve King, shown here during a news conference in August 2019, faced criticism for his comments on abortion, including when he questioned whether there would be"any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest.

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Charlie Neibergall/APtoggle captionCharlie Neibergall/APRep. Steve King, shown here during a news conference in August 2019, faced criticism for his comments on abortion, including when he questioned whether there would be"any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest.

Charlie Neibergall/APAfter years of incendiary comments on race and other issues that lost him the support of many Republican Party leaders, conservative Iowa Rep. Steve King has lost his bid for reelection to a primary challenge by GOP state Sen. Randy Feenstra, the Associated Press projects.

"I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support over the past 17 months that made tonight possible and I thank Congressman King for his decades of public service," Feenstra said in a statement."As we turn to the general election, I will remain focused on my plans to deliver results for the families, farmers and communities of Iowa. But first, we must make sure this seat doesn't land in the hands of Nancy Pelosi and her liberal allies in Congress. Tomorrow, we get back to work."

First elected in 2002, King faced the toughest primary campaign of his career in Iowa's 4th Congressional District, trailing in the polls with a limited cash supply and minimal advertising. He faced an onslaught of challengers feeding off of his vulnerability due to inflammatory rhetoric.

His primary opponents focused on an argument that King is unable to effectively represent the interests of his constituents since being stripped of House committee assignments last year,of controversial statements.Loading..."The 4th District needs a seat at the table, an effective conservative voice," stressed Feenstra in a May debate hosted by

.Feenstra represented the most likely threat to King's reelection, raising $925,849 this cycle, compared to King's $330,000,according to the Center For Responsive Politics.Also challenging King were former Irwin Mayor Bret Richards, former state representative and Woodbury County supervisor Jeremy Taylor and real estate developer Steve Reeder. All had similar platforms: opposing abortion rights, securing the southern U.S. border and supporting gun owners' views of the Second Amendment.

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The writing may have been on the wall for King, who President Trump once dubbed"the world's most conservative human being." In his last general election, he scraped by with a margin of just 3% of the vote in his bright red district against Democrat J.D. Scholten, a paralegal and former minor league baseball pitcher.

Tuesday's Primaries: Races To Watch And Live ResultsScholten's progress at nearly flipping the northwest district, which is home to Sioux City and Ames, prompted this crowded Repubclian primary with challengers painting King, 71, as ineffective and offering themselves up as a viable conservative alternative without the reputation of being a toxic thorn in the GOP's side.

Scholten is returning for a second swing at the seat this year and ended up without any competition in the Democratic primary.Not only did Feenstra raise more than King in the first quarter, he also garnered the high-profile endorsements of former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the National Right to Life Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The latter released an ad criticizing King for inaction.

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The guy who's beaten him was endorsed by anti-abortion organisations and Ben Shapiro so he's not likely to be different on the views, just quieter about them Time to defund npr Hi Stevie. I suspect that you’re not feeling well...😂 This racist should have been kicked out and silenced a long time ago. Good riddance!

new guy isn't A LOT better! tRumper through and through. important to turn that part of house blue. work starts now. Bye bitch. So the Republicans did a good thing here, right? 1. Thank you Iowa 2. Just say he was racist he sorta wore it on his sleeve Voting Rep. Stephen King out means great day for our nation! Please continue: vote out Trump, McConnell and many others! They do not represent the ideals of our nation.

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VoteOutHate Thanks Iowa! 👏🏼👏🏼 Fantastic. How troubling through that many people still voted for this blatant racist and bigot. Yesssssssss! Thanks NPR. Finally some relatively positive news🙃 Like what?! There need to mass hyspanic arrests in Illlinois?! THAT’S TRUE! For years he was openly racist, fixed it.

Open mouth insert more than your foot. Too bad. They supported him until it became untenable. Wasn't he about to get his committee seats back? Hallelujah! Best news of the week..... Oh how the mighty have been held accountable. brycetache I wish I could like this one million times. The guy who beat him is a Trump boot licker, unfortunately. I just hope he’s a little less racist than King. We’ll see...

brycetache That made my morning. Way past time for this racist to be booted. RepublicansAgainstTrump The start to systemic change. Vote Ваши твитты очень полезны для меня Glad he’s gone, but I think this seat stays red without him. Stood a good chance of turning blue if he was the candidate. He’s easy to run against and people were tired of him. More moderate Republican keeps this seat.

Great, now he can go join Trump's Task Force on Racial Injustice. Except the guy replacing him is just as bad. Good job voters time for change Best news of 2020 Ayeee! get all them dummies out! We have to vote ! As much as we all hate it & think it doesn’t work! It really does! Let’s vote all our peers into office after all they hard work!

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy--AMF! Now, hopefully the Dems will be able to fill the seat. BYE thoughts and prayers. Happy days!!!! That can't be why. Sounds morally correct, nah, that can't be it. Now, let’s get rid of equally bigoted democrats. Wonderful! And one more Down! Bubye 1 down. Excellent win for Pro Trump Feenstra. We don't need the distractions while were taking our country back.

To be fair the guy replacing him on the Republican ticket is more than a bit of an asshole too So glad to see NPR highlight the real victims of King's racism - GOP electoral ambitions. 🙄 i love this song WooooooooHoooooooooo!!!!!!!! As an Iowan I can be happy about this. He does not represent me! they prefer their anti-abortion and racist comments a bit softer eh? they replaced him with someone with the same politics but slightly more palatable demeanor.

Good riddance to bad rubbish!! SteveKingIA We 'support' you Steve, run as an independent! Seriously do it, you got this! We got your back! BelieveInYourself YOLO ClaraJeffery Hallelujah! Ew he got 35% still Bye Felicia! Racist pig!!!! Yay!!!! LMAOOOOOOO That's what he gets for saying what Republicans believe publicly. All the Republicans who keep it in the locker room can continue to Republican.

Good. Good first start to reclaim the Republican party Good. Now vote out the other racists like Bobby Rush and AOC. Thoughts and prayers seriously, just say racist! nothing bad will happen to you if you call the racist a racist! You hate to see it The era of 'calves the size of cantaloupes' has come to an end. RIP

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Rep. Steve King's future on the line in Iowa GOP primary tonightRep. Steve King's future on the line in Iowa GOP primary tonight. The primary challenge to King is the fiercest since he was first elected to Congress in 2002. Please God hear our prayers and have SteveKingIA retire to his farm and tiny town of Kiran. Amen. I care that innocent people are killed by those charged with protecting them and the thousands that have died in this pandemic. BUT, there are even more serious problems that will unquestionably take far far more lives; global warming and the destruction of 'our' ecosystem!

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