Conservative Climate Caucus chair fends off primary challenge

By Timothy Cama | 06/05/2024 06:22 AM EDT

Iowa Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks will face a competitive election this fall.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa).

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) during a panel discussion at the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 11, 2022. Thomas Hartwell/AP

House Conservative Climate Caucus Chair Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa beat back a primary challenge Tuesday against an opponent who argued he was the more conservative of the two.

The Associated Press called the race for Miller-Meeks, a Republican, Tuesday night. She was leading 56 percent to 44 percent with most votes counted.

The effort from Republican David Pautsch, a businessman, was Miller-Meeks’ first competitive primary since she was elected in 2020.


Miller-Meeks came into the primary in a financially dominant position, with $1.9 million on hand as of May 15, compared to Pautsch’s $6,100.