Rep. Steve King will not run for Harkin's U.S. Senate seat - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Rep. Steve King will not run for Harkin's U.S. Senate seat


The list of potential Republican candidates to challenge congressman Bruce Braley in next year's senate race continues to shrink.

Friday night, Western Iowa congressman Steve King announced he will continue to represent Iowa's Fourth District and not run for senate in 2014.

 This comes on the heels of similar announcements from lieutenant governor Kim Reynolds and Agriculture Secretary, Bill Northey.

King said he came to the conclusion that he would not run for retiring senator tom Harkin's seat, on Thursday.

Between juggling his time in Washington and congressional duties here, he says he had to pick.

"If I were going to be a candidate I would be a reluctant candidate because I would not be doing the things I think I have an obligation to between now and then."

King, who presented Korean Conflict medals to a veteran in Madrid, Iowa Saturday, added republicans are not out of the running yet.

This is an excerpt from King's statement:

"I want to thank all of my friends, family, advisors and supporters who have put so much time, thought, prayer, and effort into helping me make a decision on whether to run for the United States Senate. I sincerely thank every potential candidate, all of whom graciously gave me room to decide. Probably no one in America, considering such an opportunity, enjoys as clear a path to the nomination. It is an extraordinary opportunity that will not be repeated in millions of lifetimes.

I have said from the beginning this decision requires "the head, the gut, and the heart" to line up together. I have done due diligence and evaluated the race from a statewide, objective perspective. I have talked with hundreds of supporters...and some detractors. I sincerely thank all of you who have helped in so many ways.

My analytical part, the head, tells me the race is winnable and must be won in 2014 or a generational opportunity could be lost. I have said a race for the Senate is "a slight up hill battle". It is, but it's "no hill for a climber".

The question I am answering today is, "What is my duty?" I believe my duty is to utilize the honor of serving Iowans in Congress by maximizing my effectiveness. I owe it to all Iowans and Americans to give you my best effort and best judgment."

Sen. Harkin announced in January that he would retire after five terms.

Congressman Bruce Braley is the only Democrat to declare his candidacy.

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