President Donald Trump ally and U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA) was re-elected to a ninth congressional term in Tuesday's midterm election.
With 99 percent of precincts tallied, CNN reported that King won the staunchly conservative district with 50.6 percent of the vote to 46.8 percent for his Democratic challenger, paralegal and minor league baseball player J.D. Scholten. In 2016, he was elected to an eighth term with over 61 percent of the vote.
King, 69, represents Iowa's 4th Congressional District and is perhaps one of the most openly prejudiced members of Congress. As the election drew near, King doubled down on his inflammatory remarks, going so far as to distance himself from members of his party.
On Monday, King condemned the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for endorsing a gay candidate in 2014. While he never identified the candidate by name, many deduced who King was alluding to, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio.
🚨 Now @SteveKingIA is attacking the NRCC for backing a gay candidate:— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) November 6, 2018
"They sent money over to support a candidate in a primary in California who had a same-sex partner that they put all over glossy mailers...That's hard to write a check to those guys when they do that." #IA04 pic.twitter.com/TXrF67KIoE
Just last month, The Washington Post revealed that King "met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical Nazi ties during a European trip financed by a Holocaust memorial group."
The discoveries prompted several companies -- Land O'Lakes, Purina and Intel -- to sever ties with and end financial contributions to King.
King joins other white supremacists who ultimately won their races in Tuesday's election. In Florida, Republican and former Congressman Ron DeSantis edged out Democratic candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to serve in the state's top post. Winning by less than 1 percent of the vote, DeSantis continues the trend of Floridians electing Republicans as governor of the state, a trend that has gone on for six straight elections.
In Louisiana, incumbent Steve Scalise defeated five challengers to secure his sixth term in Congress. Steve retains his seat representing Louisiana's 1st Congressional District, which includes parts of New Orleans.
While Scalise is not as outspoken as his fellow Republicans, he nonetheless refused to condemn King for his inappropriate comments.Despite the victories of King, Scalise and DeSantis on Tuesday, progressives succeeded in taking control of the House of Representatives, with candidates in New York and Massachusetts winning historic seats.
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