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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Friday he is “planning” to seek reelection in 2016 because he doesn’t want his state to be without an experienced, senior senator. The 80-year-old Republican said he decided to seek a seventh term after his Democratic colleague from the state, Sen. Tom Harkin, several months ago announced his own retirement plans at the end of his term in early 2015. Harkin has been in the Senate since 1984. Grassley was first elected in 1980.Grassley will be 83 in November 2016, and would be 89 if he won and served a full seventh term. In 2010, he was reelected with 65 percent support. [/break1]com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/323679-grassley-harkins-leaving-so-im-staying]http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/sen ... im-stayingBummer! I was hoping for a Senate race between Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA 02) and Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA 03). That would likely be a 50-50 contest and a very good chance of flipping a Republican Senate seat.