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Immigration Order May Influence Other Races

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Rep. Steve King, one of the most conservative House Members, said he plans to sue the president to suspend the immigration executive order.

• As one of the most conservative Members of the House, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) didn’t waste any time critiquing Obama’s policy. On Friday, King told the Des Moines Register that he plans to sue the president to suspend the executive order.

That kind of conservative vigor plays well in King’s current district, which gave Obama only 44 percent of the vote in 2008. But an independent commission redrew the 4th district to be more competitive, and now King faces former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack in the first tough general election contest of his Congressional career.

• Finally, Friday’s announcement was welcome news for Democratic House candidates in states with growing Hispanic populations such as Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

The parties are already planning to compete for a couple of Denver-area House seats — reserving more than
$4 million in the Mile High City’s media market for fall TV advertisements. House Democrats have already invested in the Albuquerque and Tucson markets, both of which will likely host competitive races this fall — and have a growing Latino population.

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