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(The Center Square) – U.S. Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Randy Feenstra are facing primary challengers in their reelection bids.

Early voting began May 15 for the June 4 primary elections. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on election day.

David Pautsch calls fellow Republican Miller-Meeks “liberal” on his campaign page and criticizes her vote to certify the 2020 presidential election. He lists endorsements by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow and a staunch support of former President Donald Trump.

Miller-Meeks, who represents the state’s first district, was first elected to Congress in 2018. Gov. Kim Reynolds endorses her.

The winner of the primary will face Democrat Christine Bohannon in November.

Voters in District 4 elected Feenstra in 2020, who is challenged by Kevin Virgil. Congressional colleague Ashley Hinson endorsed Feenstra on Tuesday.

Virgil is endorsed by former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and the Republican Liberty Caucus of Iowa. The group says it “works to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise within the Republican Party and throughout America.”

The primary winner will go against Ryan Melton in the general election.

Hinson, who represents District 2, has no Republican challenger but will face Democrat Sarah Corkery in November.

Zach Nunn is also unopposed in the primary, but two Democrats are vying for the right to challenge him in the general election.

Melissa Vine, the executive director of a nonprofit and Lanon Baccam, an employee of the United States Department of Agriculture, are squaring off in the primary.

Vine and her former campaign manager were cited by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board last week for violating reporting requirements. Both received a maximum fine of $500.

Twenty-five of the Iowa Senate seats are on the ballot. Three of these seats will be filled by newcomers in 2025 as Republican Jeff Elder, Senate Democratic Leader Pam Jochum and Democrat Todd Taylor are not seeking reelection.

The entire 100-member House of Representatives is on the ballot. Nine Republicans and four Democrats are not running again.

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