Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz will not run for the U.S. Senate and will instead seek re-election to his current post.
Schultz, a former Council Bluffs City Councilman, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.
I am humbled by all of the encouragement to run for Senate, but I love serving Iowans as Secretary of State... I intend to run for SOS— Matt Schultz (@VoteMattSchultz) May 29, 2013
The 2014 U.S. Senate race in Iowa was thrown wide open when longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin announced he would not run for re-election.
Schultz, who has served as secretary of state since 2011, traveled to Washington, D.C., for two days earlier this month to speak with elected officials and conservative groups there to discuss a possible bid.
Schultz is the latest high-profile Iowa Republican to bow out. Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and U.S. Reps Steve King and Tom Latham are among those who have said they are not running.
As Iowa is a swing state, the race is expected to be competitive, with both sides spending millions.
Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, a Des Moines area Republican, has announced his candidacy for the seat. And several western Iowa Republicans, including State Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak and former State Rep. Rod Roberts of Carroll, are considering a run.
The likely Democratic nominee is Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo, who has represented parts of northeastern Iowa in the U.S. House since 2007.
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