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 KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — House Republican tries to force Green New Deal vote | 'Awkward' hearing to vet Interior nominee and watchdog | House panel approves bill to stop drilling in Arctic refuge Steve King: One 'good side' of climate change could be shrinking deserts 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 StiversThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Congress can open financial institutions to legal cannabis industry with SAFE Banking Act 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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE and Republicans.