SENATE SEAT: Gaer To Seek Re-Election Instead

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Another potential republican candidate for U.S. Senate is crossing his name off the list.

West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer told Channel 13 that he is seeking re-election as mayor and will not run for Senator Tom Harkin’s seat in 2014.

So far former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker is the only republican to say he’s running.

Whitaker might not be the only GOP candidate for long though. Last week state Senator Joni Ernst said she is considering a run.

Congressman Bruce Braley is the only official candidate in the race on the democratic side.