That was fast. Just days after suggestions that he might wait around until summer to declare his intentions, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) has officially announced he's running for Democrat Tom Harkin's vacated Senate seat.
Braley noted his plans in a post on his Facebook page showing his campaign logo. He will also say in an e-mail today that he’s forming a campaign committee.
The D primary field is expected to clear for Braley, and he should be a strong contender in the general if recent polling is any indication. This race is winnable for Republicans, but time is now a bigger factor: Latham or King can no longer afford to dawddle in getting a statewide organization up and running. Braley vacates a D-leaning (but on the edge of competitiveness) House seat in IA-1 that should attract interest from both sides.
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