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Rep. Steve King Passes on Iowa Senate Seat

OFFICE OF REP. STEVE KING(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an outspoken conservative firebrand, will not seek the Republican nomination for his state’s open Senate seat, ABC News has learned.

“I will not run for Senate in 2014,” King said in a tweet Friday evening. “A Senate race takes me out of urgent battles in Congress that can’t wait until 2015. Many thanks to all.”

The prospect of King’s candidacy to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, worried the Republican establishment in Washington. He was singled out by American Crossroads, the leading GOP outside advocacy group, as a candidate who would struggle to win a general election.

King pledged to ignore the criticism, but Republican aides said it became clear in recent weeks that fundraising would be a steep challenge, given his outspoken views on a variety of issues, particularly immigration.

Harkin is retiring after three decades in Washington.

The decision by King opened the door to other Republican candidates, but also suggested Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat, had the upper hand – for now, at least.

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Senator Harkin Set to Retire from Congress

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(CUMMING, Iowa) -- On Saturday, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released a statement saying he would not seek reelection for his U.S. Senate term expiring in 2014.

Harkin said, “I'm 73 years old right now.  At the end of this term I’ll be 75.  When the current Congress is over, I will have served in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for a total of 40 years.  After 40 years, I just feel it’s somebody else’s turn.”  

Highlights of Harkin’s career include helping pass the Affordable Care Act and supporting the rights of individuals with disabilities.
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