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Iowa Congressman Steve King facing tight re-election bid

Posted at 4:51 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 17:52:29-04

For the first time in a long time, a Democrat running for Congress thinks they can win in Iowa’s fourth district. In order to do so, they'll have to take out the controversial incumbent Steve King.

Republican Steve King appears to have one of the toughest races of his political career. Taking on Democrat JD Scholten, who's made a point to drive across the expansive district in a Winnebago.

"Well he's a young guy, it looks like he's been going around throughout the area and talking to people so he definitely cares" says Scholten supporter, Ruth Latto.

King has been known to make controversial remarks on immigration, saying he wants to electrify the southern border fence and he tweeted last year that "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

"He's been there long enough, the (Omaha) World Herald has long articles about him and some of his racist ideas. And a lot of people that are racist support him so I just think I don't like that so I want him out," says Latto.

Still on the edge of his Republican leaning-district in Missouri Valley, King has support. 

"Steve King has actually added to this community," says King supporter, Jeanne Tiffin. 

"I worked with Steve when he got out of high school, he's a good kid, hard worker. And I'm rather Steve is," says Ruth Brink, King supporter.

Others like Lorraine Magill, say King and his family have made her town better. 

"Because of what the King's have done in our community, in our area, in the counties surrounding, for many years. They have been very connected with the people," says Magill.

Still it appears King could lose. Election forecaster Five Thirty Eight gives Scholten a one-in-seven shot of an upset. 

Congressman King has never really had tight races. His closest race was in 2012, when he won by over eight percentage points.