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J.D. Scholten, the Democrat nominee for U.S. House in Iowa’s Fourth District, put out a press release late Tuesday night essentially claiming victory for Congressman Steve King’s primary loss.

“Make no mistake — our campaign’s tremendous success, powered by an army of supporters and volunteers, defeated Steve King. Our first campaign began humbly in 2017, when establishment circles in both the Republican and Democrat party had written off this district as a lock for King,” Scholten said. “We knew differently. We shined a light on his hateful rhetoric and failed representation and lifted up voices that had been silenced and folks who were getting left in the dirt.”

Scholten added that King was only interested in serving himself.

“Our campaign made King vulnerable and the swamp of corporate-lobbyists in D.C. that now supports Randy Feenstra had easy pickings. King’s defeat tonight marks a victory for all of us, and now we’re pushing forward to November,” Scholten said.

Scholten shifted his focus to Feenstra.

“There’s not a dime that Randy Feenstra won’t take from special interests and corporate donors like Ag corporations and hedge fund billionaires,” he said. “Iowa’s Fourth District deserves real representation and accountability from someone who puts people — not corporations and the one percent — first. Our campaign refuses corporate PAC money and brings together folks from across the political spectrum and all corners of the district because we’re united in what Iowa’s Fourth District can be: where people, not corporate profits, come first, a home for 21st century resilient agriculture, thriving rural communities and a hub for problem-solving and innovation.”