Bruce Braley will run for Harkin’s Senate seat

February 7, 2013

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat that fellow Democrat Tom Harkin will leave open in 2014, his advisers told The Des Moines Register this morning.

Braley, who top Iowa Democrats have said was the favorite for the Democratic nomination, will send out the news in an email to supporters today saying he’s “ready to go.”

His formal announcement will come later, but today he is setting up a committee to run for the U.S. Senate – a big step forward, his advisers said. Filing the paperwork will mean he can begin to raise money for a Senate campaign.

Harkin, 73, startled even those closest to him when revealed just under two weeks ago, on Jan. 26, that he will retire after four decades in Congress. He said he wants to clear the way for younger Iowans to take the reins, and spend quality time with his wife in his twilight years.

Source: [b]Des Moines Register[/b]

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