Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Eyes Senate Run

Photo Credit: APIowa radio host Steve Deace will look seriously at running for Senate if conservative Rep. Steve King passes.

The nationally-syndicated commentator, who fashions himself a “conservative blowtorch,” put Karl Rove and Republican Gov. Terry Branstad on notice Thursday that no establishment-favored candidate will skate to the nomination – a warning that heightens the possibility of a bloody primary in a state the GOP must win in any realistic scenario to take the Senate next year.

“I think that it’s Steve King time to take the next step,” Deace told POLITICO. “Him running is sort of necessary to show that Karl Rove cannot pick our candidate. If King decides not to run, then I think it’s very important that someone who actually shares the principles that have made King so popular with conservatives across Iowa runs for that seat.”

“That would not be anyone attached to Terry Branstad or Karl Rove,” he added. The comments are part of the continuing blowback directed at American Crossroads after the group’s president compared King to failed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin a month ago.

“It’s far too early to comment on a field that doesn’t even exist yet,” said Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio. After Rep. Tom Latham announced he would not run for the seat opened by Democratic incumbent Tom Harkin’s retirement, Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey told POLITICO Thursday that he, too, is considering a run.

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