Open Senate Seat Presents GOP Rare Chance in IowaSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 20:23
Open Senate Seat Presents GOP Rare Chance in Iowa
January 30, 2013 | 6:07PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The announcement that veteran U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin would not run for re-election came as such a shock that neither his own party nor the Republicans had given any thought to who might succeed him.
Harkin and his Republican counterpart, Charles Grassley, have been an Iowa institution in the Senate since the 1980s, and Harkin’s robust $2.7 million re-election fund suggested that no change was likely soon.
Now, his unexpected retirement has set the stage for a test of how the major political parties will respond to change not only here, but also nationwide, as demographic forces reshape the electorate.