(RightWingAmericans.com)- There will be a changing of the guard in Iowa come November.
After almost 20 years representing The Hawkeye State, Steve King will no longer occupy a seat in the House of Representatives after he was defeated in the Republican primary on Tuesday. Republican voters chose his challenger, state Senator Rudy Feenstra, who stopped King from winning a 10th term.
With just about all of the precincts reporting as of late Tuesday night, Feenstra was well ahead of King, 46% to 36%, in a decisive victory.
King had become a polarizing figure of late, criticized by both parties for his racist and offensive comments. But while powerful Republican constituents from groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and evangelical leaders united against King in the campaign, they didn’t attack him for his controversial remarks. Instead, they claimed King was an ineffective Congressman who didn’t hold any sway in Washington.
For his part, Feenstra also steered clear of King’s checkered past in his victory comments, saying:
“I thank Congressman King for his decades of public service. As we turn to the general election, I will remain focused on my plans to deliver results for the families, farmers and communities of Iowa.”
Despite the fact that the district King represented is a staunch Republican district — one that President Donald Trump won be almost 30 points in the 2016 election — Feenstra’s victory is seen as a positive one for the Republican party. That’s because King only narrowly defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten in the 2018 election, and Scholten is running again this year.
Political pundits feel King wrote his own ticket out of Congress last year, when he was quoted in the New York Times as making racist remarks. He wondered publicly hen the terms “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” became negative. That led to the Republican leadership removing King from many of the committees he sat on.
Eventually, it allowed a state senator to creep up close to him in polling leading up to the primary. Then, the organizations with the big pockets pounced, dumping money into ad campaigns to back Feenstra in his fight to oust King from his seat.
Iowa was among nine states that held primaries on Tuesday, and the ramifications of the results could be huge for determining the controlling party in the Senate. One of the big potential swing contests in that regard is one of Iowa’s Senate seats, which is currently occupied by first-time Senator Joni Ernst.
Six years ago, Ernst won her position even though she was an outsider. She was well-known for an ad campaign that said she would make Washington “squeal” if she were elected to Congress.
Democratic voters in the state chose Theresa Greenfield to take on Ernst in November’s election for the important seat. Greenfield comfortably defeated her competition during Tuesday’s primary, and she had the backing of local labor organizations as well as national Democrats in her plight to do so.