Congressman Steve King says he’s closer to making a decision on whether he’ll run for Senator Tom Harkin’s senate seat when Harkin retires next year.
The Republican says he could make his decision within the next few weeks.
King made the announcement while meeting with constituents during a town hall meeting in Estherville on Saturday.
King says over the next few weeks he’ll weigh his options of giving up his congressional seat to run for Senate.
The fourth district representative admits fellow Congressman Tom Latham’s decision not to run is playing a role in his decision making process.
“It’s one less huge factor involved,” the Congressman told KTIV. “Some of the question is, is it going to take a lot of money? I think we can raise the money. Building the organization to accomplish this is the question. And we’ll get to an answer on that, but it’ll be first analytical, and then it’ll be the gut. And does the gut agree with the head, and does the heart agree with the head and the gut?”
King also said that Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynold’s decision on whether or not to run for US Senate will also play a role in his decision.
Reynolds was out of the country last week on a trade mission.
King says once she gets back he would like to meet with her to discuss a senate bid.
If King does run, he will face democrat rep. Bruce Braley who officially announced his candidacy last month. He is supported by the incumbent, Senator Tom Harkin.