Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King said Friday he will not run for the U.S. Senate, opening the race to succeed Democrat Tom Harkin to lesser-known Republicans.
King, a six-term U.S. House member, said in a press statement quote: "I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2014."
He said earlier Friday morning on KSCJ's "Open Line" that he was close to his decision:
King said he had more pressing battles to fight in the House and that a long Senate battle would be a distraction. He also reported raising $93,000 in the first quarter of 2013, a fraction of what would be required to wage a competitive Senate race that's expected to run into the tens of millions of dollars.
King's decision follows similar announcements by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds last week and U.S. Rep. Tom Latham in February.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley is the only Democrat to announce he's running. The four-term Waterloo House member reported raising more than $1 million since declaring his candidacy in February.
Associated Press contributed to this story