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SIOUX CITY | U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, swamped the fundraising of his sole Iowa 4th District Democratic challenger for the third quarter, according to federal reports filed Thursday.

King's challenger, Kim Weaver, of Sheldon, raised $19,704 for the quarter, while King brought in $123,017. The campaign finance reports due to the Federal Election Commission covered the three-month period through Sept. 30.

After their campaign expenses were deducted, King through September had cash on hand of $128,000 and Weaver had $14,584.

King was first elected in 2002. Weaver is chairwoman of the O'Brien County Democratic Party.

Weaver launched her campaign in mid-August, midway through the three-month reporting period that began July 1.

The last two Democratic candidates to oppose King had much higher initial fundraising reports. In the second quarter of 2011, former first lady Christie Vilsack reported raising $424,000 and Jim Mowrer reported raising $181,514 in the 2013 third quarter.

Iowa's 4th congressional district covers Northwest and North Central counties. The district is heavily Republican, as the Secretary of State website reports there are 176,658 people with active Republican voter registrations and 118,948 Democrats.

The November 2016 general election will determine the 4th District winner.

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