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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Iowa's Sen. Harkin Won't Seek Re-Election

WSJ: The 73-year-old Iowa Democrat told the Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside," because by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81. Mr. Harkin said his decision also would allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.

The announcement comes as a surprise, considering that the senator has $2.7 million in his campaign war chest, and was planning a fundraiser next month. Mr. Harkin played a lead role in urging the Senate's more liberal members to back the 2010 health-care bill.

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