Now that Senator Tom Harkin won’t seek a 6th Senate term, Iowa just went from “likely” to “leans” Democratic. Get your wallets ready.
Sen. Tom Harkin’s retirement makes the Iowa Senate seat more competitive by virtue of the six-term Democrat’s departure. Couple that with the Hawkeye State’s competitive nature, and this race could be one of the most targeted of the 2014 cycle.
Accordingly, CQ Roll Call now characterizes the Iowa Senate race as Leans Democratic, after previously rating the contest as Likely Democratic.
On the Republican side we have the possibility of Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham running.
On the Dem side, four-term Congressman Rep. Bruce Braley is a good bet.