Last week three of Iowa’s top Republicans said they will not run to fill the Senate seat that will be left open by the retirement of Tom Harkin in 2014.
Congressman Steve King was the latest to say no. On Friday, he said he won’t run for the state’s first open U.S. Senate seat in 40 years.
Monday, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said she’s confident the race will still be very competitive.
“I believe that we still have plenty of time, this is gonna be a high profile race. I believe they see Iowa as maybe a pathway to the majority in the U.S. Senate so I believe whoever our candidate is, they’ll have the funding…for it to be a very competitive race,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds also said she suggested the idea of running to Red Oak Senator Joni Ernst.
“Our history goes way back working together and really just encouraging qualified people to run for office so she just hits that out of the park on both issues,” Reynolds said.
Ernst replaced Reynolds in the state senate when Reynolds became Lieutenant Governor in 2011.
Monday afternoon, Ernst sent out an email confirming her interest in running for the seat. She says she will spend the next few weeks talking with voters and her family.
Also Monday afternoon Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker announced that he is officially in the running. Whitaker says he will file the paperwork later this week.
Rep. Bruce Braley is the only Democrat to announce he’s running.