GOP Establishment Candidate Beats Rep. Steve King in Iowa Primary

( Representative Steve King of Iowa is a firebrand conservative and constitutionalist. He has been at the center of several scandals involving his choice of words, regularly annoys the left, and sticks to his conservative and nationalist principles no matter how offended the Democrats or the media get over it. It looks like his time as a Republican congressman is over for now, though, after he was beaten by State Senator Randy Feenstra in the Republican Iowa primary on Tuesday.

King lost by six points.

King has been in Congress a long time, representing the 4th Congressional District in Iowa for nine terms. He has remained a staunch conservative on issues like immigration and abortion, which has drawn a great deal of criticism from the left. His seat has become increasingly competitive in recent years, too. In 2018 he beat his primary Democrat opponent by a small margin of three points. This could be the underpinning of why the local Republican Party began to move away from King and endorse a more “moderate” candidate like Feenstra.

Steve King was heavily critical of Feenstra during the race, and just before people went to the polls he referred to his opponent as a Republican In Name Only.

“Never send a RINO to do a Conservative’s Job!” he said. “Let’s tell the Never-Trumpers We the People decide who represents us in Congress!”

Republicans in Iowa have regularly struggled to defend King, owing largely to the fact that many of his colleagues are much unlike the Trump strain of Republicanism that unashamedly promotes strong borders and a defense against far-left extremism. Kind has challenged Muslim immigration, advocated for stronger border controls, defended the pro-life movement, and refused to bow down to the race-baiting of the left.

In 2019, he was criticized by the left-wing press when he asked why the terms “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization” were offense. He disputed claims by the press that he was endorsing white nationalism, stating that he was asking why the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” were being attributed to the cause of Western civilization.