Iowa Rep. Steve King has long been a thorn in Republicans’ sides as an incendiary conservative who has attacked immigrants and shown sympathy and support for white nationalist ideology while frequently making racist remarks. Last November that almost caught up with him as the nine-term incumbent squeaked by with his closest margin of victory ever. Now, King faces an imminent threat back home — his strongest primary challenge ever as multiple candidates have already jumped in the race a year before Iowa’s filing deadline. “I think it’s great that he almost lost, because it really has given a lot of Republicans the courage to feel like they can mount a challenge,” said one Iowa Republican. “This is the world against King,” said another longtime GOP strategists in the state. And after Republican leaders stripped him of his committee assignments at the beginning of the year following comments he made supportive of white supremacy, King is even more vulnerable, though he has certainly defied electoral odds before. If King were to lose renomination, don’t expect to find many national or state
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