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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:20 PM

Sounds like Bruce Is IN!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/07/1185355/-Democratic-Rep-Bruce-Braley-will-run-to-succeed-Tom-Harkin-in-Iowa-Senate-nbsp-race

Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley will run to succeed Tom Harkin in Iowa Senate race
byDavid Nir
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Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

Rep. Bruce Braley (D) will run for Senate
Democrats have landed their top choice to succeed Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who announced last month that he would not seek reelection: 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, who has served in the House since 2007. Braley, 55, emailed supporters Thursday morning to say he was "ready to go," making him the first major candidate to enter the race.
Braley had long been close with Harkin, and both local and national Democrats have viewed him as the strongest and most likely candidate to replace Harkin, in the event of a retirement. Braley first won an open seat in 2006, when GOP Rep. Jim Nussle made an unsuccessful bid for governor. Braley survived a serious scare in 2010, escaping with a two-point victory in the Republican tidal wave that year, but all the while he continued to move up the leadership ranks among House Democrats, eventually becoming a vice-chair of the DCCC.

More recently, Braley held out the possibility he might run for governor next year, but the Senate always seemed like a better fit, and Democrats have to be excited to be getting an early start on holding this seat. Republicans, meanwhile, could be on track for an extremely bruising primary between wingnut standard-bearer Steve King and establishment choice Tom Latham, both, like Braley, members of the House.

No Republicans have yet declared, though a recent PPP poll had Braley leading both King (49-38) and Latham (44-41). Undoubtedly, Braley would prefer to face the much more incendiary King, but he starts off in a good position even if he faces Latham, who is the GOP's top choice.

Braley's decision will also set off a great deal of interest in his House seat, a blue-leaning district that went 56-43 for Barack Obama last year. That's probably out of reach for Republicans, but the NRCC probably won't want to give Dems a free pass, though that may be easier said than done. As always, we'll be covering future developments in both contests closely. For now, as far as the Senate battle is concerned, Team Blue is off to a good start.

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monmouth3 Feb 2013 #1
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rurallib Feb 2013 #3
progressoid Feb 2013 #4
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Response to rurallib (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:34 PM

1. I thought this was about Springsteen but then again, I'm from Jersey..LOL..

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:14 PM

2. Me, too.



Still, it is good news. The OP certainly thinks so.

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Response to MissMarple (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:34 PM

3. Is good and early!

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Response to rurallib (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:23 AM

4. Excellent.

Will miss him in the House but he should make a great Senator.

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Response to rurallib (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:13 PM

5. He certainly has my support

It sounds like there may not be a primary challenger so hopefully, it'll be clear sailing all the way.
Senator Braley...maybe more someday? Hmmm......

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