Iowa Senator Tom Harkin won't run for re-election

Good news for Republicans looking to take the Senate in 2014. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who as recently as last week looked like he was running hard for re-election, has decided not to seek a sixth term. Associated Press: U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said Saturday he will not seek a sixth term in 2014, a decision that eases some of the burden the national Republican Party faces in retaking the Senate. Harkin, chairman of an influential Senate committee, announced his decision during an interview with The Associated Press, saying the move could surprise some. The 73-year-old cited his age - he would be 81 at the end of a sixth term - as a factor in the decision, saying it was time to pass the torch he has held for nearly 30 years, freeing a new generation of Iowa Democrats to seek higher office. "I just think it's time for me to step aside," Harkin told the AP. Harkin, first elected in 1984, ranks seventh in seniority and fourth among majority Democrats. He is chairman of the...(Read Full Post)