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Iowa Dem Recruit Reconsidering Latham Challenge?


** FOR USE AS DESIRED WITH ELECTION STORIES ** FILE - This June 26, 2010 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, who is seeking re-election in Iowa's 4th District. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel ruled out a bid for GOP Rep. Tom Latham's seat after meeting with the DCCC earlier this spring -- but she appears to be reconsidering.

Several "Jumpstart" candidates and potential candidates are meeting with the DCCC this week, and Appel is among the potential candidates, according to a Democratic source who attended.

The DCCC has already lost one recruit in the district: Businessman Mike Sherzan entered the race early in the cycle (before Latham decided against a bid for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's seat), but he dropped out in April, citing health issues. The DCCC then met with Appel, who later said she was "very seriously considering" the race. But she subsequently said she wouldn't run due to family obligations.

Iowa's 3rd is considered a swing district, but Latham defeated Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell by about 8 points in 2012.

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