I will not run for Senate in 2014. A Senate race takes me out of urgent battles in Congress that can't wait until 2015. Many thanks to all.— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) May 4, 2013
Had King run, he would have been the odds-on favorite for the Republican nomination. But some Republicans, including Gov. Terry Branstad, had expressed concerns the congressman wouldn't be a good fit for the general election. King is an outspoken and staunchly conservative Republican with a knack for stoking controversy with his remarks.