Poll: Braley, King Early Favorites for Iowa Senate Seat

First Congressional District Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, center, with his wife Carolyn, left, speaks to a large group of supporters following his win over Ben Lange at the Black Hawk County Democrat election party at the UAW hall Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)

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By Adam Carros

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Iowa congressman Bruce Braley (D) is the leading choice to replace retiring Senator Tom Harkin (D), according to a new poll released Tuesday.

Pubic Policy Polling found Rep. Braley leading four top republican candidates in a head to head match-up.

Western Iowa congressman Steve King (R) was the top choice among four candidates for the republican nomination, but fared the worst in a potential general election match-up with democrats. That includes trailing Rep. Braley by 11 points and former Governor Tom Vilsack by 10 points.

“Steve King is the darling of Republican primary voters while simultaneously having no appeal to voters in the middle,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "It’s the story of the last two election cycles for GOP Senate hopes.”

Click here to see the full results of the poll.

In a hypothetical contest for the republican nomination, Rep. King garnered 41% support. Second in the poll was Rep. Tom Latham at 22%, followed by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds (10%) and the head of the Family Leader Bob Vander Plaats (9%). 17% were undecided.

Rep. Braley held head-to-head leads with all four potential republican candidates in the poll. The closest race was against a 3-point lead on Rep. Latham.

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