Republicans in Iowa had looked forward to capturing 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 next year.
One popular option, Congressman Tom Latham, has decided not to seek the post. Another congressman, Steve King, is considering the possibility, but some believe he is too conservative and outspoken to win. Two other lesser known officials are also thinking of running.
The Iowa GOP has been another reflection of the national party's confusion after its presidential election defeat. In addition to the uncertainty about the Senate race, supporters of libertarian Ron Paul are clashing with mainstream Republican leaders over the state party's direction.