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4th District Congressman Steve King Says He is Outpacing his Challengers

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The campaign team of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said Monday an internal poll shows he has a strong lead over the four republicans who want to unseat him in 2020.

The King campaign says congressman got 59 percent support in the poll, while the other four Republicans combined to receive 23 percent. That included 15 percent for state Sen. Randy Feenstra, of Hull, and amounts in the low single digits for Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, Bret Richards and Steve Reeder.

A professor from Northwest Iowa is running for the state Senate District 2 seat now held by Republican Randy Feenstra.  Feenstra is vacating the position as he runs instead for the seat now held by Steve King.

Jeff Taylor, a Dordt University political science professor who lives in Sioux Center, announced his candidacy in a press release.

Taylor said he is a constitutional conservative with a consistent pro-life stance. In 2012, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Republicans have chosen Pat Grassley to lead the Iowa House of Representatives. The announcement comes a week after Speaker Linda Upmeyer announced she’s stepping down from the top role in the chamber.

Grassley is a 36-year-old farmer in New Hartford and grandson of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. He says House Republicans are unified after his election.

Talked with almost every single member as I walked out the door and I think we’re all on the same page and we’re ready to get back into session and move forward a strong conservative agenda for House Republicans.

Grassley previously chaired the House committee that oversees budget work. He is considered the speaker-select until the full House votes to install him as speaker in January.

House Republicans elected Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley as their new majority leader.

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