Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron/Sioux City) has been under heavy media attack over racial comments for the past two weeks, and a new poll has shown the controversy has hurt him. Winning re-election by just a 50-47% margin in what is normally a safe Republican district, 2018 Democratic nominee JD Scholten would already lead the Congressman according to a new poll just released.
The Insight 20/20 organization, polling for the Majority Rules Political Action Committee (1/16-17; 472 IA-4 registered voters), finds Rep. King trailing Mr. Scholten, 39-44%. Mr. King scores a poor 36:59% favorability ratio. This compares to 55:45% for President Trump, 55:30% for Sen. Joni Ernst (R), and 61:29% for Gov. Kim Reynolds (R). Already, state Sen. Kurt Feenstra (R-Hull) has announced his primary challenge to Rep. King. Both Gov. Reynolds and the official Iowa Republican Party committee leadership has said they will not support Rep. King for re-election.
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