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NRCC Sends Message That It Won’t Support Rep. Steve King

Iowa Republican has come under renewed scrutiny for past remarks

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is not getting any help from the NRCC. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is not getting any help from the NRCC. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The campaign arm of House Republicans will not be sending any last-minute support to controversial Rep. Steve King, who faces a competitive race in a deep-red Iowa district. 

King has been the subject of renewed attention for racist remarks and social media posts backing white nationalists, following the shooting last week at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead.

Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, tweeted Tuesday that King’s “recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.”

The committee had not been spending in the race. An NRCC spokesperson confirmed that Stivers’ tweet should be interpreted as a signal that the group would not be making any last-minute expenditures in the race despite the district appearing to be in play.

King faces Democrat J.D. Scholten, a former professional baseball player and a native of the northwestern Iowa district, which President Donald Trump carried by 27 points in 2016. Scholten has outraised King, and recent polls have shown a more competitive race.

A new poll from Change Research found Scholten ahead by 1 point over King, 45 percent to 44 point. King countered with his own poll that gave him a 52 percent to 34 percent lead, according to the Sioux City Journal.

King tweeted a general statement Tuesday afternoon amid the renewed attention and after the NRCC chairman signaled the committee would not back King.

“These attacks are orchestrated by nasty, desperate and dishonest fake news,” King said. “Their ultimate goal is to flip the House and impeach Donald Trump. Never Trumpers are complicit.”  

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Likely Republican.

Watch: 12 Ratings Changes for House, Senate and Gubernatorial Races: 4 Toward GOP, 8 Toward Democrats

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