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King on Possible Senate Run: 'I Can See a Path to Victory'

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is considering a Senate bid.(Richard A. Bloom)

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April 19, 2013

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is still considering running for Senate, telling National Journal that he sees "a path to victory" in polling conducted on his behalf, but his "gut hasn't quite lined up yet."

In an interview with NJ's Fawn Johnson, published in the new issue of National Journal, King says he has had "little chats" with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but he hasn't asked them to pledge their support "because I know that there isn't any point" in doing so.

From the interview:

NJ How do you feel about a Senate race next year?

KING Last time we talked, I didn't have my polling yet. I can see a path to victory. What I've said is, it's a head, a gut, and a heart decision, in that order. I can see the path in the head. The gut hasn't quite lined up yet. Unless and until it does, I can't ask my heart to answer it.

NJ Are you worried about the Republican Party's role in choosing candidates?

KING Not really. If I step into this, it has to be with the confidence that I'll run a strong campaign. And if I do run, we will. There are party organizations that I think would be hard-pressed to abandon a successful campaign. The [National Republican Senatorial Committee] can't promise any [support], because the candidate has to perform.

NJ You haven't talked to the NRSC at all?

KING I have little chats with them, but I don't ask for anything because I know that there isn't any point.

National Journal subscribers can read more of the interview, including King's efforts to thwart immigration reform legislation introduced in the Senate this week, here.

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