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June 2nd Primary Sees Historic Voter Turnout

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Rep. Steve King will finish the last few months of his term before State Senator Randy Feenstra steps in as the Republican nominee facing off against Democrat J.D. Scholten in the November general election.

Yesterday’s election saw the highest ever turnout of voters for a June primary in state history and the end of the road for nine-term U.S. Representative Steve King. King lost his place as the Republican pick for Iowa’s fourth congressional district to State Senator Randy Fenestra. Meanwhile, protests continued across the state and country in response to the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black Americans at the hands of police across the nation.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political analysts Rachel Paine Caufield and Joseph Jones for a look at major political news from the week. 


  • Rachel Paine Caufield, professor of political science, Drake University.
  • Joseph Jones, executive director of the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River