8:01 AM, Dec 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Pryor, the incumbent Democratic senator from Arkansas up for reelection next year, is releasing a new TV ad Wednesday in which he invokes his belief in God. The ad first aired on the news broadcast on ABC affiliate KATV in Little Rock Tuesday evening.
"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God and I believe in His word," says a bespectacled Pryor, who is holding an open Bible. "The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers--only God does. And neither political party's always right." Watch the ad and news report on it below:
Pryor, a relatively moderate Democrat who nevertheless voted for Obamacare in 2010, has struggled to defend the law and his vote in his reelection campaign in a conservative state that has been increasingly Republican. Arkansas voted for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the 2012 election, and has voted Republican for president every four years since 2000. In fact, Pryor is the lone Democrat in Arkansas's congressional delegation, with all four congressman and the junior senator, John Boozman, being members of the GOP.
The ad, which KATV says will air in markets statewide, is not yet available on Pryor's campaign YouTube page.
5:35 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday evening, the reelection campaign for Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor emailed supporters about a recent "secret meeting" between Republican senator Ted Cruz and a group of House Republicans at a restaurant on Capitol Hill, Tortilla Coast. Pryor campaign manager Jeff Weaver suggested that the Democrat's Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, may have also attended the meeting.
9:37 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New polls of likely voters in three key states in next year's U.S. Senate election show Republicans running just behind incumbent Democrats. Harper Polling, a firm associated with Republicans and working on behalf of conservative super PAC American Crossroads, conducted surveys of likely voters in Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana, where those state's Democratic senators face reelection in 2014 (via Politico). In each of those races, most of the potential Republican challengers poll within single digits of the Democrat.
2:22 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With just a little more than a year before the 2014 general election, Democratic senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas has a slim lead over his likely Republican opponent, first-term congressman Tom Cotton. According to a new poll from Talk Business and Hendrix College, the incumbent Pryor has 42 percent support while Cotton has 41 percent. Seventeen percent of likely Arkansas voters remain undecided.
Jay Barth, a political scientist at Hendrix College, offered this analysis of the Senate race:
9:19 AM, Oct 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
As Mike Allen reported this morning, Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican, is going on the offensive against Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, who recently voted to protect the special subsidy for Congress in Obamacare. Here's video of that ad:
2:49 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas was blocked from signing up for Obamacare due to glitches earlier today on the healthcare.gov website. Cotton tweeted the two separate error messages he encountered;
10:16 AM, Aug 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Video of Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor praising Barack Obama:
"Barack Obama has the leadership. He has the vision. He has the hope this country needs right now. Amen," said Pryor.
Pryor is up for reelection this cycle, and will face Republican challenger Tom Cotton in 2014.
7:56 AM, Aug 9, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tom Cotton, the freshman Republican congressman from Arkansas, announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate earlier this week in his hometown of Dardanelle. Watch Cotton's first ad, which includes excerpts of his announcement, below:
Cotton is challenging two-term Democrat Mark Pryor next year.
10:23 AM, Aug 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Pryor, the two-term Democratic senator up for reelection next year, says Obamacare has "been an amazing success story" in his state of Arkansas.
“I would say if you want a good opinion about Obamacare, go right here to Mercy Hospital and ask them how they feel about it," Pryor told news affiliate KHOG. "It’s been an amazing success story so far." Watch the video below: