U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, filed his nomination petitions with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday for the Republican ballot in the upcoming June 2nd primary in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
He is the last declared candidate to file in the district’s five-way Republican primary. Republican candidates must submit, at minimum, 1874 signatures (equaling one percent of the votes Governor Kim Reynolds received in the 2018 gubernatorial election in the district) and collect signatures equalling 2 percent of the vote in 20 of the district’s 39 counties.
King reported turning in 3,532 signatures and said he met or surpassed the minimum threshold in 27 counties. The King campaign said the signature collection “revealed a deep wellspring of support” within the district.
“The grassroots voters of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District are firmly behind President Trump’s agenda, and they understand that no one inside or outside of Congress has been a stronger ally for President Trump than me,” said King.
“Fourth District voters know there is no one closer to the President than me when it comes to defunding sanctuary cities or building a wall on the border with Mexico. Iowans understand, as the author of the federal Heartbeat bill, there is no one in this race who is more dedicated to the pro-life cause than I am. Conservatives throughout the district watched and cheered as I stormed the SCIF to bring an end to Rep. Adam Schiff’s secret, sham impeachment hearings targeting our President. And my constituents understand that, as I did for Jaci Hermstad, there is no one who places a greater emphasis on moving heaven and earth to successfully get the federal government out of their way,” he added.
“I am humbled by the overwhelming support I have received throughout the 4th District, and I look forward to the day we can all place our attention where it should be: defeating the pro-abortion, Never Trump, open-borders liberal the Democrats are sure to nominate,” King stated.
King also noted the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll that showed voters in the district favored a generic Republican over Democrat by an 11 point margin.
“The Iowa Poll is perhaps the most widely respected poll conducted in the state, and today’s results showing that Republicans win this race by at least 11 points should be understood as another sign of my General Election strength,” King said. “There is no such thing as a generic ‘Republican’ or generic ‘Democrat’ in this race as everyone, including my primary opponents, believes that I am heading for a rematch with a Democratic candidate I have already beaten once before. As a result, when people are responding to the Iowa Poll, they are really saying that they fully expect me not only to win again, but to do so by a landslide. My tested and proven Conservative record resonates with the Republican voters in this District, and they are standing strong with me as I have always stood strong for them.”