Arkansas Senate Poll: Cotton 43, Pryor 35
Boozman praises Cotton.
12:04 PM, Mar 20, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Freshman Republican congressman Tom Cotton may have only served in Congress for a few months, but conservative groups are already considering him for a 2014 Senate run in his native Arkansas against vulnerable Democrat Mark Pryor. The Washington Post reports on a new poll showing Cotton, an Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, leading Pryor by eight points:
Cotton told the Post at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week that he doesn't anticipate thinking about his next political move "for many months." But Cotton has been raising his own profile lately as a defender of effective American military power both at CPAC and on the Sunday talk shows. Democrats, too, have already demonstrated they are considering the possibility of a Cotton Senate run.
At CPAC, THE WEEKLY STANDARD spoke with Arkansas's Republican senator, John Boozman, about the 2014 race and which Republican would be best to take on Pryor. Boozman mentioned both Cotton and another House member, Steve Womack, saying he has spoken "just briefly" to both of them about their political futures.
"[Cotton is] a very bright guy, well-educated, doing a great job," Boozman said. "But the Pryor name is still pretty good in Arkansas. It will be a tough race."