There’s no denying it, Republican leaders in Congress know that Steve King is in trouble. Yesterday, Roll Call reported, “GOP internal polling shows a single-digit race with King picking up less than 50 percent of the vote. This week, one plugged-in national Republican privately named King as one of the five GOP incumbents most likely to not return to Congress next year.”
Today, the news isn’t any better for King. POLITICO reports, “Top Republicans are meeting with potential problem children this week, having one-on-one talks on the House floor… Their message: Shape up, or find yourself out of a job in January.” Of course, that includes King. POLITICO writes, “National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions had a ‘Come to Jesus’ talk to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on the House floor Tuesday.”
Republican leaders are worried, and they have good reason to be. Throughout this campaign King has been unable to explain his record to voters and has instead doubled down on some of his most outrageous statements. Voters realize that he has spent ten years looking out for himself, not looking out for the middle class, and they know he hasn’t earned a sixth-term in Congress.