GOP Rep. Steve King wins reelection amid mounting criticism

GOP Rep. Steve King wins reelection amid mounting criticism

GOP Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingMother of child in viral meme sends Steve King cease-and-desist for using image in fundraising Nebraska Democratic Party Chair: Rural vote should be 'bedrock' of party With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response MORE is projected to win reelection in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, holding onto his seat despite intense criticism from Democrats as well as some Republicans.

King, who has served in Congress since 2003, represents a northwestern Iowa district that went for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE by double digits in 2016. But the race became more competitive in the final days of the campaign.

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Following the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in late October, King faced increased scrutiny for his association with white nationalist politicians and groups and past remarks that were viewed as racially insensitive. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversHouse passes bill to allow VA to fund service dogs for veterans with PTSD Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans MORE (Ohio) tweeted that King’s comments and actions were “completely inappropriate,” and several businesses said they would stop making donations to his campaign.

King’s Democratic opponent, J.D. Scholten, vastly outraised King and visited every county in the district multiple times while traveling in an RV. Toward the end of the campaign, he started running two-minute long campaign ads.

King didn’t start running a television ad until the last few days before the election. During the campaign, King emphasized his hard-line stance on immigration and his position against abortion. He also defended himself after Stivers’s comments, saying the attacks against him “are orchestrated by nasty, desperate and dishonest fake news.”