Citing concerns for her personal safety, Iowa Democrat Kim Weaver announced that she is dropping out of the 2018 race against Republican Steve King. The two Iowans were set to battle for the state's 4th Congressional District, in a repeat of last year's election. In that election, King handily defeated Weaver by more than 80,000 votes.
In announcing her decision to withdraw from the race, Weaver revealed that the threats against her began during last year's election cycle.
"One consideration has been raised again by recent events at my home. Beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have received very alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats. While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern."
"Above this, my personal health is an issue. In order to sufficiently devote myself to the campaign, I would have to quit my job and shift to campaigning full-time. With recent legislation on health insurance, I must admit that the possibility of seeking a new job after the election exposes too much of a risk for me in not being able to secure health insurance."