Conservative Rep. Steve King says he’s considering a run for the Senate seat in 2014 being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin, and sources close to King tell Politico
they expect him to go for it.
The Iowa Republican and tea party favorite told Politico he was already thinking of running even before Harkin announced his retirement last week.
“As I was processing that decision before Tom Harkin made this announcement, this accelerates that processing,” King said Monday. “It’s going to take some time to be able to determine what level of support would be out there.”
King would start as the front-runner in the GOP primary, but he could face stiff competition from fellow Rep. Tom Latham, who moved to a new district following the 2010 redistricting so he would not have to face King in a fight for the same House seat.
“All doors are open” to Latham as he decides what to do, his chief of staff, James Carstensen, told Politico.
Iowa Republicans are beginning to mull over the two potential contenders.
“People are fairly comfortable with Latham, and there’s some concern about King winning statewide,” one top Iowa Republican told Politico. “Most Republicans love [King]. It’s not an issue of whether he could win a primary or convention."
But he added, "The establishment does not want Steve King. They’d want someone more like Latham.”
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