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Rep. Steve King, who was removed from committees for defending white nationalism, loses primary

Rep. Steve King, who was removed from committees for defending white nationalism, loses primary
Posted at 3:56 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:46:56-04

DES MOINES, Iowa — Longtime Rep. Steve King has been ousted in Iowa’s Republican primary after being ostracized by party leaders for comments about white nationalism.

State Sen. Randy Feenstra won the five-way race Tuesday after he argued the nine-term conservative Republican had cost the district a voice in Congress by losing his committee assignments over comments in a 2018 New York Times story that seemed to defend white nationalism.

King has a long record of incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy.

Feenstra becomes the heavy favorite to win in the district, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by roughly 60,000.

He faces Democrat J.D. Schoulten, who lost by 2 percentage points to King in 2018.