Another Senate Seat for Republicans i...

Another Senate Seat for Republicans in 2014

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 26, 2013
AP NewsBreak: Harkin won't seek 6th Senate term
By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Associated Press – 1 hr 9 mins ago...

CUMMING, Iowa (AP)— U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin will not seek re-election in 2014, the Iowa Democrat said Saturday.

The 73-year-old Harkin told The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside," noting that by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.

Harkin said the move also would allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.

The announcement comes as a surprise, considering he had $2.7 million in his campaign war chest and was planning a gala fundraiser in Washington, D.C., next month.

Harkin is a leading liberal in the Senate, chairing the health, education, labor and pensions committee and having served as a key salesman of President Barack Obama's 2010 health care bill to the wary left.

No Iowa Republicans have taken formal steps toward seeking the seat.

Harkin's decision eases the burden on the GOP, who have to gain six seats to win the majority in the Senate. The president's party historically loses seats in the midterm elections after his re-election. Obama, a Democrat, was re-elected last year.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#2 Jan 26, 2013
No Iowa Republicans have taken formal steps toward seeking the seat.

Must know, they can't win, huh sandy ???
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jan 26, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
No Iowa Republicans have taken formal steps toward seeking the seat.
Must know, they can't win, huh sandy ???
Tell you what, after the candidates from each side are established, let's see if you feel the same way. Not many senate candidates announce in January, 2 years before the election. Harkin announced early in hopes that the Dems would be able to field a viable replacement. If Vilsack doesn't run, the Dem field in Iowa is pretty darn slim pickin's. Chet Culver? Couldn't get elected dogcatcher in Iowa any more.

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