Considering how close things were in November’s general election, it was likely Congressman Steve King (R-Kiron) would face a primary challenge in 2020 from a more credible Republican than he did in 2018. The writing was on the wall.
But, King said, things were so close in 2018 due to a “perfect storm” for the Left.
“We had spent zero money on advertising the previous three times I was on the ballot,” King said. “We were up 21 points in August, 20 points in Early October and 13 days out we were up 18 points. Then they created this planned perfect storm clear back in June. Even that would’ve been no sweat if it hadn’t been for the bomb threats on Soros. Then we had the ghastly killing of 11 Jews in a synagogue. If Steve Stivers doesn’t commit the act of treachery and come out against me — it all rolls off.”
Governor Kim Reynolds received support from King throughout her election, but immediately after Election Day she criticized the nine-term representative. Reynolds, who recently talked about her support for allowing birth control without a prior prescription, received more votes than King did from the district. But, according to King, she spent far more too.
Reynolds spent $18.11 per vote, according to King. King’s campaign spent 83 cents per vote.
“With all of this onslaught that was going on, we didn’t have much firing back, we were almost disarmed,” King said. “But Republicans at least stayed with me. We probably lost more out of the Independent side than anywhere else.
“This has been a pretty cheap congressional seat for donors to keep, and there isn’t anybody more closely aligned with the platform.”
State Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) criticized King in his initial press release. Feenstra avoided using King’s name, but noted people in the Fourth District need a voice in Washington.
King said that voice is heard loud and clear by President Donald Trump.
“When I walk into the Oval Office, our values are there,” he said. “Trump made promises and Trump has been able to keep most of them. That’s a huge thing.”