The fallout from recent comments Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron/Sioux City) uttered perceived to be racially divisive continues. After the House Republican leadership stripped Rep. King of his committee assignments, state Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) announced a 2020 Republican primary challenge against the nine-term Congressman, as did Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, and former Irwin Mayor Bret Richards. Now, talk suggests that Siouxland Chamber of Commerce president Chris McGowan may also become a GOP primary candidate.
From King’s current perspective, the more people that jump into the race, the better. A crowded field could allow King to win a fractured primary if he can keep his base votes together. Iowa does not utilize a primary run-off system, but if no candidate receives at least 35% of the primary vote, a special district convention is called to choose the nominee. The top Democrat being mentioned is 2018 nominee J.D. Scholten, who held Rep. King to a 50-47% re-election victory in November. Obviously, this campaign is a race to watch.
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