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Republican Rep. Steve King talks to voters at the Second Street Emporium restaurant in Webster City, Iowa. Photo by Scott ...

GOP Rep. Steve King wins 9th term in Iowa

WASHINGTON — Republican Steve King has won a ninth term representing northwest Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

Voters re-elected King despite a string of controversies about comments and meetings he has held involving other candidates and groups characterized as white nationalists. King has argued that all those he met or made comments about were simply conservatives.

King defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten, a former minor league baseball player who raised more money than King and spent months crisscrossing the 39-county district.

King did little campaigning but maintained his hardline views on immigration and support of gun rights were in step with the conservative district.