Iowa Rep. Steve King, a Republican, looks like he’s preparing to jump into the race for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

King had previously told The Iowa Republican that the chances of him running were “fifty-fifty.” Now King says “that needle has gone over fifty percent, and each day that goes by, on balance, it’s more likely rather than less likely.”

The announcement by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin that he would retire after this term has set the stage for a fierce battle for the seat.

King contended that, despite naysayers like the Karl Rove-backed Conservative Victory Fund, who believe he would not fare well in a statewide general election, that he was in a very good position to do exactly that.

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