Iowa GOP sees opportunity in Tom Harkin's open Senate seat

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — The announcement that veteran Democratic 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, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, have been an institution in the Senate since the 1980s, and Harkin's robust $2.7 million re-election fund suggested that no change was likely soon.

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