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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 11:55 AM

How did Rep. Steve King win? An Iowan named Ray has a few ideas




By Matthew Hansen / World-Herald staff writer 5 hrs ago

On Election Day, before the votes were counted, a man named Ray neatly summed up what would come to be Steve King’s squeaker of a win in deep-red northwest Iowa.

Ray Beebe spent his entire career proudly serving as general counsel at Winnebago Industries, the good folks who build your motorhomes.

And, for decades, the 76-year-old viewed himself as a reliable small-town Iowa Republican, the sort of guy who entered the voting booth every two years eager to re-elect his incumbent Republican congressman.

Except this year, Ray has been writing a letter to the editor of his local paper nearly every week. The letters say Republican congressman Steve King is a bigot. The letters begged northwest Iowa to get rid of him.

FULL story: https://www.omaha.com/news/plus/hansen-how-did-rep-steve-king-win-an-iowan-named/article_167f526c-2c5b-5a2c-b7d2-3862f795b467.html

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Reply How did Rep. Steve King win? An Iowan named Ray has a few ideas (Original post)
Omaha Steve Thursday OP
Tommy_Carcetti Thursday #1
Omaha Steve Thursday #2
catbyte Thursday #4
Zambero Thursday #5
dlk Thursday #3
vi5 Thursday #6
beachbum bob Thursday #7
rurallib Thursday #8

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 11:56 AM

1. What was the final percentage points in King's race? nt

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 11:58 AM

2. 10,000 according to the story


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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:01 PM

4. 50.4% - 47%

154,221 - 146,698

He won by a margin of 61.3% - 38.7 in 2016. Maybe 2020...

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:02 PM

5. 50-47 if I recall correctly

A much tighter race than King was accustomed to. Hopefully come 2020 enough of his constituents will reconsider whether they wish to be represented by a racist bigot.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 11:59 AM

3. King Came Very Close to Losing this Midterm Election-Next Election I Predict He'll be Gone

Sometimes it takes a while for good to overcome evil.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:06 PM

6. There are more bigots than non-bigots in his Iowa district...

..this has been another installment of "Simple Answers to Simple Questions".

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:10 PM

7. Too many bigots in his district

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:30 PM

8. But there are a lot of farmers who will be burned by the tariff war

by then the full effects may be felt

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