Despite being publicly attacked for what many claim are white supremist comments and being stripped of his committee assignments as a result, Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron/Sioux City) says he will run for re-election next year. He was originally elected to the western Iowa seat in 2002 and has held the seat largely without major controversy until now. Already, state Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull), former Irwin Mayor Bret Richards, and Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor are announced Republican candidates.
Under Iowa election law, if no candidate receives 35% in a primary election, a district convention is then convened to choose a nominee. If a crowded field ultimately takes shape, Rep. King might have a chance of winning re-nomination with a plurality vote, or possibly prevailing in a convention. It is clear that Democrats will target this seat in 2020, despite the region performing as strongly Republican for decades. In 2018, Rep. King, as the current controversy was taking form, defeated Democrat JD Scholten, 50-46%.
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