HARKIN SEAT: Schultz Won’t Run

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There’s one less republican in the race for Tom Harkin’s senate seat in 2014.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz made an announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning signaling his intentions.

I am humbled by all of the encouragement to run for Senate, but I love serving Iowans as Secretary of State… I intend to run for SOS

— Matt Schultz (@VoteMattSchultz) May 29, 2013

The 33-year old is joined by other high profile Iowa republicans to pass up the opportunity to run.

U.S. Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey have all back out.

However, former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker and Ames attorney Paul Lunde have both entered the race on a republican ticket.

Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley was first to announce his run in early February. Since then he has raised over a million dollars and gained the endorsements of key democrats including the incumbent, Sen. Harkin.