The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him by Harry Reid's Super PAC, the Democratic incumbent, Mark Pryor, is probably now ahead by a point or two. That's the story told by every reputable public and private poll, including, I'm told, polls by both campaigns.
So what's up with the New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll released today showing Pryor up by 10 points?Read more
Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor has a 10-point lead in his race to retain his Senate seat, according to a new poll from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. A two-term senator, Pryor has 46 percent support, while his challenger, Republican congressman Tom Cotton, has 36 percent support. Pryor also has 47 percent approval rating as senator, the poll found.Read more
Last month, Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor told NBC News that he believed his Republican opponent, congressman Tom Cotton, has a "sense of entitlement" with regard to Pryor's Senate seat. Cotton is a first-term congressman and Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while Pryor is a two-term senator and the son of a former senator and governor of Arkansas.Read more
A new 30-second TV ad from Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton hits back at an attack from the Harry Reid-affiliated Senate Majority PAC.Read more
What do Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia have in common? For one, none has a city larger than 400,000 people. For another, they all voted for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. For yet another, they are the most likely places for Republicans to pick up Senate seats, thus taking control of the upper chamber, in 2014.
These three facts are related.Read more
A new poll from Talk Business found Mark Pryor, the sitting Democratic senator from Arkansas, with a three-point lead over Republican challenger Tom Cotton. The survey of more than 1,000 likely voters found 45.5 percent said they would vote for Pryor, while 42.5 percent said they would vote for Cotton.
The poll also found that Pryor has a 10-point lead among women, while Cotton has a 7-point lead among men and just a 5-point lead among white voters.Read more
Arkansas senator Mark Pryor, a Democrat up for reelection this year, told local station KARK-TV he would have still voted for Obamacare despite all the law's problems.
"A lot of our premiums have really shot up, those of us who have had to pay these premiums," said the KARK host. "Knowing now what you know now, would you have voted for this back then?"Read more
Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton has a four-point lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in a new poll of the Arkansas race. According to the new Impact Management Group poll, 46 percent of likely Arkansas voters said they would support Cotton, the first-term congressman from Dardanelle, and 42 percent said they'd vote for Pryor.Read more
To appreciate the Senate race shaping up in Arkansas between two-term incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor and freshman Republican House member Tom Cotton, it’s useful to review the state’s particular variant of Southern politics.Read more
Republican congressman Tom Cotton, a candidate for U.S. Senate, raised more money in the last quarter of 2013 than his Democratic opponent, incumbent Mark Pryor. The Hill reports that Cotton, a first-term House member, raised $1.2 million dollars at the end of last year, compared to Pryor's $1.1 million.Read more
An Obamacare event in Arkansas offered a prize for those who attended: Free condoms.
The Obamacare event took place at the University of Central Arkansas last weekend. It was hosted by a group called the Living Affected Corporation, which apparently has received a grant from the federal government to educate the public about Obamacare.
The event organizer spilled out a bag of condoms -- as a couple whoops and hollers could be heard from the small crowd.Read more
Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina who is up for reelection in 2014, says she supports delaying the deadline for signing up for health insurance under Obamacare's individual mandate. Hagan, who voted for Obamacare back in 2010, also says the fine for not signing up for health insurance should be waived.Read more
Just 33 percent of Arkansas voters approve of the job of Democratic senator Mark Pryor, according to a new poll of likely voters from the University of Arkansas. That's Pryor's lowest rating in the annual poll since entering the Senate in 2003, while an all-time high of 41 percent disapprove of his job in the Senate. When whittled down to "very likely voters," Pryor's position worsens; while 34 percent of very likely voters approve, 44 percent of them disapprove.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
Mark Pryor, the Arkansas Democrat running for reelection to the Senate next year, said job losses as a result of the downturn in the economy are "just part of being in a capitalist economy." Watch the video of Pryor's recent remarks to the Arkansas state chamber of commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas:Read more
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:Read more
Tom Cotton, the freshman Republican congressman from Arkansas, has a small lead over incumbent Democratic senator Mark Pryor in a new poll from Conservative Intelligence Briefing. Of the 587 likely voters polled, 43 percent said they would vote for Cotton, who is expected to enter the race soon, while 41 percent would support Pryor. Sixteen percent said they were not sure for whom they would vote.Read more
Arkansas senator Mark Pryor blasts the president in new comments made to the Associated Press. "[I]f you look at the president's policies, he just doesn't offer a lot to states like Arkansas," Pryor, a Democrat, told the wire service. "He doesn't offer a lot to rural America. I've encouraged the White House to remember rural America and remember small -town America. They just don't have a lot of policies that are geared toward middle America."Read more
Democratic senator Mark Pryor was asked on a local television show whether he stands by his vote in favor of Obamacare:
"I do," said Pryor. "I think it was the right vote. I think it was good for Arkansas."
Pryor is up for reelection this cycle.Read more
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:Read more
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