Republican Steve King is the incumbent in the fourth congressional district. He’s seeking reelection to an eighth term in the U.S. House.
King often places himself at the center of the political action. He endorsed presidential candidate Ted Cruz before the 2016 Caucuses and is enthusiastically campaigning for Donald Trump this fall, often touting Trump’s promise to secure the southern border.
“If you don’t have a border, you can’t call yourself a nation. If you don’t secure that border, you don’t have a border. Mexico will do what?” King asked recently at a campaign rally in Newton. “Pay for that wall!”
King emphasizes Trump’s promise to “repeal and replace” President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
“ObamaCare will go down the toilet where it belongs,” King said during a rally with GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence yesterday. “It will be flushed.”
And King agrees with Trump’s assertion that the election is “rigged.”
“The constitution is the foundation of our country, but the bedrock that it sits on is legitimate, free and fair elections and the public has to perceive that they’re free and fair,” King said recently on CNN. “And I do think there’s concern here that there are voices out there to de-legitimize this.”
Kim Weaver, a social worker from Sheldon, is the Democrat challenging King this year. Weaver points to King’s Twitter feed and says it shows he’s “racist.”
“All of the horribly obnoxious things that my opponent has said,” Weaver said during a speech at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Fall Gala.
And she accuses King of taking votes that conflict with the interests of the district, like voting against a bill that authorized federal funding for the National Flood Insurance Program.
“He’s a hypocrite and he is not good for Iowa,” Weaver said.
At the end of her campaign speeches, Weaver mentions her recent induction into the Daughters of the American Revolution.
“I have two five-times-great grandfathers that fought the tyranny of an unjust monarch,” Weaver said. “…Let’s show the world that the descendant of true Tea Party patriots can dethrone another King.”
Iowa’s fourth congressional district covers 39 counties in northwest and north central Iowa. The cities of Ames and Mason City are along the district’s eastern border, then it north and west to include the cities of Spencer and Sioux City. About half of the district’s residents live in a rural area.