Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa lost his long-held House seat in a Republican primary on Tuesday.

  • The loss came after he was stripped of his committee assignments in the House last year because of comments to The New York Times about white nationalism.
  • “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”, he asked a reporter earlier this year.
  • With 98 percent of the vote counted, King trailed his main rival, state Sen. Randy Feenstra, by 7,866 votes, or 45.7 percent to 35.9 percent.
  • King, who used to keep a Confederate flag on his office desk, has also repeatedly lamented the declining white birthrate and tweeted in 2017: “Diversity is not our strength.”
  • King, 71, had been enormously popular in his rural, highly conservative district, but that waned in recent years as some constituents became frustrated with his frequent outrageous comments.