Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley of Waterloo is going to run for the U.S. Senate.
Seventy-three-year-old Senator Tom Harkin announced in late January he would not seek reelection in 2014. Braley, who is 55, first won a seat in the U.S. House in 2006 and his name quickly emerged as a leading Democratic contender for the seat.
Since Braley signalled he was considering a run for the senate, no other Democrat has stepped forward publicly to say they're mulling a bid for the senate, too. Braley says he is "hopeful" he will not face a primary.
Harkin said in January that he would not endorse a successor.
Two other Iowa congressmen, Republicans Tom Latham and Steve King, are mulling a race for the senate, too.
Contributed by Radio Iowa