A longtime member of Congress was outsted in the Iowa Republican Primary in Tuesday. Rep. Steve King, who has served for eighteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives, was defeated by state senator Randy Feenstra.
King, who has been widely criticized in both Republican and Democratic circles for racist comments, was stripped of committee assignments in 2019 and told by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell he should probably “find another line of work.”
Feenstra was declared the winner of the Iowa primary with 46 percent of the vote. King received 36 percent with 96 percent of precinct’s reporting.
President Trump congratulated Feenstra on his win, tweeting “Congratulations to Randy Feenstra on your big win in the Iowa Republican Primary. You will be a great Congressman!”
Congratulations to Randy Feenstra on your big win in the Iowa Republican Primary. You will be a great Congressman!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Feenstra thanked supporters for his win.
“I am truly humbled. Thank you to each and every person who supported us on this journey against all odds. You delivered. But tomorrow, it’s back to work,” he tweeted.
— Randy Feenstra (@RandyFeenstra) June 3, 2020