facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Rep. King won't run for Senate seat being vacated by Harkin

May 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM   |   Comments

3 of 3
| License Photo
DES MOINES, Iowa, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, will not run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by the retiring Democrat, Tom Harkin.

King, who has been in Congress for a decade, said on Twitter late Friday the Senate race would be a distraction, The Des Moines Register reported.

"A Senate race takes me out of urgent battles in Congress that can't wait until 2015. Many thanks to all," he said.

Next year's Senate contest is the first open one in Iowa in four decades. Harkin defeated one-term Republican Sen. Roger Jepsen when he was first elected in 1984.

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, is the only declared Democratic candidate for the seat. No Republicans have announced candidacies, apparently because they were waiting for King to make a decision, the newspaper said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
2
North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance
3
Group tweaks Westboro Baptist Church with 'God Loves Gays' campaign
4
New York Times reporter ordered to leave Afghanistan
5
David Cameron: 'Increasingly likely' jihadist in Foley video is British citizen
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback