Iowa GOP senate primary field getting crowded
Despite several high profile Republicans refusing to run for the senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin, there will be plenty of candidates from which Iowa GOP voters can choose.
Both current Governor Terry Branstad and conservative congressmen Steve King have declined to enter the race. But that leaves a wide open field for a candidate who can raise a lot of money quickly and generate enthusiasm among the faithful.
Iowa Republicans appear to be headed for a packed 2014 Senate primary, with a second GOP candidate set to formally join the race and a new, outside-the-box contender floating himself for consideration Friday.
Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker has already jumped into the campaign for retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's seat. Sources confirmed to POLITICO that David Young, a former chief of staff to Iowa's Republican senator, Chuck Grassley, will also announce any day now.
Young has recruited colorful Republican ad-maker Fred Davis as an adviser, as well as a white-shoe polling firm, The Tarrance Group. The Iowa Republican website first reported Young's imminent entry into the race Thursday night.