“I called Randy Fenstra a while ago and acknowledged his competition,” King said in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday morning. “” And I mentioned that there are some strong elements in the swamp that he’s having a very hard time pushing back against them. “
The initial battle was an undeniable referendum on King – not on his conservatism, but on his effectiveness in office. His lack of power, more than the history of his specific words and comments about race, became a central theme of this year’s race, with opponents arguing that he could not present their views to the House or the administration.
King says his words have been misrepresented and taken out of context, blaming the media and Republican leaders for leading a retaliatory action against him.
In a recent debate about Republicans who “want to get Steve King out of the way,” King said, “The Never-Trumpers have gained knowledge of all this.”
In his release, King said the force had kicked him out of office.
King said it came from an effort to promote the spectrum in the U.S. Congress, the strongest voice for constitutional Christian conservatism.
Fenstra was seen as King’s toughest opponent in the five-race competition, which included former state legislator Jeremy Taylor, businessman Steve Rader and Army veteran Brett Richards.
“I am truly humbled by the support of the past 1 month that has made tonight possible, and I thank Congressman King for his many decades of public service,” Fenstra said in a statement. “As we return to the general election, I will focus on my plan to deliver results for the Iowa family, farmers and community. But first we must make sure that this seat does not fall into the hands of Nancy Pelosi and her. Liberal allies in Congress. Tomorrow, we I’ll be back to work. “
“The fourth district needs a seat at the table – an effective conservative voice,” Fenstra said in a recent debate. “Our district, our president, deserves an effective conservative leader in Congress.”
Two years ago, less than 3,000 absentee ballots were recorded. The dramatic enthusiasm in the absent ballot brought new Republican voters to help longtime Congressman Dum.
Former King supporter and influential Christian conservative, Ben Vander Platts was concerned that if King initially won the Democrats could not only win his deep red district in northwestern Iowa, he could get better shots to defeat President Donald Trump and Iowa. Sen. Johnny Ernst. Former professional baseball player Democrat JD Scholten came within three points of beating King in 201 King and is running again.
Last week, Vander Platts told CNN that there was a “growing fatigue” with King in the fourth district and there is a “gradual clarity” that “his voice is no longer liked on the table.”
King’s response was that Vander Platts and Fenstra were sacrificing their principle in their misleading attempt to “shut down the truthful conservatives and hand over the district to the RINO and NeverTrampers.”
CNN’s Jeff Jeleni and Manu Raju contributed to this report.