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Rep. Steve King wins over challenger in 4th District

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(AP) -
Republicans in Iowa's sprawling 4th Congressional District have chosen outspoken conservative Rep. Steve King over a state senator.
   King won the primary election Tuesday over state Sen. Rick Bertrand, who had argued that voters were tired of the seven-term congressman's brash statements on topics ranging from immigration to abortion.
   King gained the endorsements of most Iowa elected Republicans, including U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
   The primary campaign was focused more on candidate styles than policy positions because they agree on most issues, although Bertrand called for more emphasis on Iowa's agricultural economy.
   Since being elected to Congress in 2002, King hasn't faced a close general election. Republicans hold a significant voter registration advantage over Democrats.
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