- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rep. Tom Latham, Iowa Republican, said he won’t seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin after all.

Mr. Latham is a 10-term congressman who was widely thought to be a solid candidate for the retiring Mr. Harkin’s slot, The Associated Press reported. He announced Wednesday, however, he could not “in good conscience launch a two-year statewide campaign that will detract from the commitment” he made to constituents to fulfill his congressional duties back in November.


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Iowa Republicans, including Gov. Terry Branstad, had hit hard for Mr. Latham to run, AP reported.

His decision opens the door to Rep. Steve King, however, AP reports. Mr. King, a strong conservative, said previously he was interested in the Senate seat — but not so much in a primary fight with Mr. Latham.


On Wednesday, Mr. King hadn’t yet settled on his next move.

“It’s too big a decision to be rushed,” he said in the AP report.