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GOP Rep. Steve King wins reelection amid mounting criticism

GOP Rep. Steve King wins reelection amid mounting criticism

GOP Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold King Conservative magazine posts recording of King using derogatory language against immigrants How Steve King turned his back on states’ rights for Big Ag Steve King accuses Weekly Standard of trying to ‘advance a Leftist agenda’ 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 TrumpMichael Cohen: I pray Michelle Obama's words will unite country again Michelle Obama: ‘I stopped even trying to smile’ during Trump’s inauguration Trump wants to end federal relief money for Puerto Rico: report 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 Stivers Conservative magazine posts recording of King using derogatory language against immigrants Steve King accuses Weekly Standard of trying to ‘advance a Leftist agenda’ Conservative groups call for new slate of House GOP leaders 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.”