King defeats Bertrand

U.S. Rep. Steve King trounced state Sen. Rick Bertrand in Hamilton County during Tuesday’s primary election as he secured the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional District.

King, of Kiron, won 65.51 percent of the Republican votes in Hamilton County, according to unofficial election returns released Tuesday night by Hamilton County Auditor Kim Schaa.

Bertrand, of Sioux City, won 34.36 percent of the vote. King won 1,022 votes to Bertrand’s 536 votes.

Across the 39 counties that make up the district, King received 65 percent of 35 percent, The Associated Press reported.

King, who is seeking his eighth term, will face Democrat Kim Weaver, of Sheldon, in the November general election. Weaver had no opposition in the Democratic primary election.

During the campaign, King described himself as a “full spectrum constitutional conservative.”

“I was spoon fed the rule of law and the Constitution at the kitchen table,” King said during an interview with The Messenger.

He touted his work on the House Agriculture Committee, and his efforts to promote bilateral trade agreements.

“What sets me apart is experience and a record,” he said.

Bertrand did not hold any public campaign appearances in Webster County. He also did not respond to repeated requests for an interview with The Messenger.