Controversial Incumbent Rep. Steve King Loses His Primary: 'Iowa Republicans Rejected Him'
Prominent members of both parties also called for King’s resignation last August after he suggested the world’s population would be slim were it not for rape and incest. At the time, he was reportedly speaking in defense of his stance that anti-abortion legislation should not make exceptions for pregnant victims of rape and incest to the Register.
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King had said.
His removal from Congressional committees helped the GOP push support for Feenstra during the election as King could no longer really influence legislation, which Feenstra focused on during his campaign.
"Whatever you think of Steve King, it's clear he's no longer effective," longtime Iowa social conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats said in a Feenstra ad. "He can't deliver for President Trump and he can't advance our conservative values."
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