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Iowa Republicans struggle against disarray

Tuesday - 4/9/2013, 11:14am  ET

FILE - In this combination of June 26, 2010 file photos, Iowa Rep. Steve King, left, and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds speak at the Iowa Republican Party state convention in Des Moines, Iowa. King and Reynolds are weighing campaigns to capture a U.S. Senate seat after their longtime Democratic nemesis, Tom Harkin, announced in January that he was retiring. But months later, the GOP is no closer to naming a top-tier candidate to run in the 2014 election. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

THOMAS BEAUMONT
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- It was a day Iowa Republicans had long dreamed of when their Democratic nemesis, Tom Harkin, announced he was retiring from the Senate. But that day was in January, and as the Midwest winter now gives way to spring, Republicans here find themselves in a surprising predicament - still trying to come up with someone to run for the job, and struggling to avoid becoming another example of the party's disarray after its presidential defeat.

Ever since Harkin, who had held the office since Ronald Reagan was president, provided an opening for the GOP, the party has bounced between two options for the Senate seat:
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