GOP leaders have not been shy about criticizing fellow Republican and Iowa Congressman Steve King. Despite his history of offensive remarks, King was able to win reelection in 2018. Part of the reason for King’s success is that his district is extremely conservative.
With such a heavily Republican district, the GOP is now looking at candidates who can give King a strong primary challenge. A number of Republicans recently said that they would throw their support behind whichever Republican challenges the congressman for his seat.
Following the 2018 midterms, Iowa’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, said she will no longer support King. “The last election was a wake-up call for it to be that close,” she said. “That indicates that it does open the door for other individuals to take a look at that.”
Michigan Representative Paul Mitchell said he will donate the maximum amount to a King challenger. “I will be openly contributing to his primary opponent and encouraging others to do the same,” said Mitchell. “Enough of his destructive commentary. In my opinion Steve King does not reflect the values or principles of our conference.”
Steve Stivers, an Ohio congressman who slammed King close to the 2018 midterms, is also hoping for a strong challenger. Stivers told The Hill, “I can only speak for myself, but I’m considering my options on supporting his primary opponent, who by all accounts is a good man.”
There are multiple potential challengers to King, but Randy Feenstra has emerged as the strongest. Feenstra currently serves in the Iowa State Senate.