Republican Steve King Nearing Decision on Iowa Senate Race

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks in Washington. King has little use for the Humane Society, particularly when it comes to laws designed to give calves, pregnant sows and hens a little more freedom on the farm. The organization�s political arm is devoting most of its campaign budget this year _ nearly $500,000 so far _ to its effort to see that King doesn�t return for a sixth term. King is running against Democrat Christie Vilsack in a district that has become less conservative due to redistricting. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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By Kayleigh Milas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Steve King says he is nearing a decision on whether to seek the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin, but does not know today whether he will run.

Appearing on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press," the six-term U.S. House member from Kiron said: "I need to get a decision made fairly quickly."

King says he is reviewing polling data he says will help him decide. The outspoken western Iowa conservative has been urbed by Republicans, including Gov. Terry Branstad, to forgo a 2014 bid, and run in 2016, in the event six-term Republican Sen. Charles Grassley retires.

Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley of Waterloo is his party's only candidate for Senate. Harkin, first elected in 1984, said in January he would not seek a sixth term.

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