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No Endorsement from Iowa’s Governor for Congressman Steve King

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said Monday he will not endorse Congressman Steve King in the June 7 primary.

King, a Republican elected to Congress in 2002, found himself in the unusual position this year as a sitting Congressman in Iowa, of facing a Republican challenger. Sioux City State Senator Rick Bertrand will be his opponent.

Branstad said he will stay neutral in the contest.

“It’s up to the voters to decide,” the governor said. “I’ve always had confidence in the voters of Iowa to make thoughtful and good decisions.”

King has found himself at odds with some in the ethanol community after backing Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Texas Senator, before the Iowa Caucuses this past February.

Some ethanol supporters believe Cruz would harm their industry because of his past opposition to the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandates a minimum amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.

While Branstad has declined to weigh in on King’s primary, others have not.

Monday, King’s campaign announced the support of Iowa Senator Joni Ernst.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey have already endorsed King’s re-election.

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