Author Stephen King tells Iowans to vote out Steve King: ‘I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell’

Legendary horror author Stephen King is urging Iowans to vote out Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingSteve King defends remarks on rape, incest The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Steve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments MORE (Iowa), the GOP lawmaker with whom he shares a name.

“Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote Steve King out,” he tweeted. “I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.”

The congressman has come under renewed scrutiny over his inflammatory remarks about immigration and race, and his association with white nationalist figures.

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The New York Times issued a correction on Saturday updating a report to call his remarks “racist” instead of “racially tinged.”

He is currently engaged in an unexpectedly close race with Democrat J.D. Scholten, after a number of companies announced that they will now longer contribute to King's campaign.

Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger The United States broken patent system is getting worse MORE (R-Ohio), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, condemned Steve King’s recent comments, calling some of his behavior “completely inappropriate.”

Stephen King has been a repeated and harsh critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE and Republicans.