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Steve King will be on the ballot

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DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Rep. Steve King plans to be on the ballot in 2014, but hasn’t decided whether he’ll be seeking re-election or an open U.S. Senate seat.

“I wish I knew the answer,” the western Iowa Republican said this morning. “When I make up my mind, when I come to that conclusion, I will be the happiest person in America about that decision whichever way that is.”

King, who is in his sixth term, continues to weigh the pros and cons of squaring off against Eastern Iowa U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley for the seat now held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

He’s looking at data and consulting with friends and political advisers, King said on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal April 25. In the end, running for the Senate has to feel right in his “head, gut and heart … in that order.”

Conventional wisdom is that if he runs, he will not face a primary challenge. If King doesn’t run, Iowa political observers foresee several candidates stepping forward.

Whoever runs, King said, will face an “uphill battle,” but not an insurmountable challenge.

Whatever he decides,  King said he’s “very close … within weeks” of making a decision.

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