OPEN SEAT: Poll Sizes Up Possible Candidates

Sen. Harkin is set to retire

Sen. Harkin is set to retire

An early survey by Public Policy Polling, shows which candidates Iowans would favor to take Senator Tom Harkin’s seat after his term.

In a hypothetical Republican primary, Representative Steve King leads the pack with 41-percent, followed by Representative Tom Latham, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Bob Vander Plaats. Seventeen-percent surveyed are unsure.

Iowans favor Representative Bruce Braley as the Democratic candidate.

The poll then pitted Braley against all four possible Republicans. In a hypothetical race, Braley leads the favored GOP candidate, King, by 11 points. His largest lead is against Bob Vander Plaats by 18 points and the smallest is a three point gap with Tom Latham.

The margin of error for the GOP portion of the poll is 5.4-percent.

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