Arkansas Articles


Arkansas Poll: Pryor 51, Cotton 40

7:54 AM, May 12, 2014

A new poll of registered voters in Arkansas shows Democratic sentaor Mark Pryor leading his Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, by 11 points. Pryor receives 51 percent support, while Cotton has 40 percent, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released Monday.

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AR Senate Poll: Pryor 43, Cotton 42

4:23 PM, Apr 30, 2014

A new poll from PPP found Arkansas senator Mark Pryor, a Democrat, effectively tied with his Republican challenger Tom Cotton. Forty-three percent say they support Pryor, while 42 percent say they support Cotton.

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Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

8:01 AM, Apr 23, 2014

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?

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Senate Poll: Pryor Leads Cotton By 10

7:06 AM, Apr 23, 2014

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.

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Cotton Ad Knocks Back at Pryor 'Entitlement' Comments

11:23 AM, Apr 21, 2014

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.

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Cotton Ad: Democratic Attacks 'Unfaithful To the Truth'

6:49 AM, Apr 15, 2014

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.

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Counting by States

The Democrats’ Senate problem.
Apr 14, 2014

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.

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Arkansas Poll: Pryor Leads Cotton By 3

1:32 PM, Apr 08, 2014

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.

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Pryor: I Still Would Have Voted For Obamacare

3:34 PM, Apr 04, 2014

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?"

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Arkansas Poll: Cotton 46, Pryor 42

2:22 PM, Feb 19, 2014

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.

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A Good Chance of Pryor Restraint

Thanks to Obamacare, Arkansas may get another Republican senator.
Jan 27, 2014

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.

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Cotton Outraises Pryor Last Quarter

10:43 AM, Jan 23, 2014

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.

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Embattled Pryor Invokes God, Bible in New Ad

8:01 AM, Dec 04, 2013

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.

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Obamacare Event Hands Out Condoms as Prizes

9:15 AM, Nov 27, 2013

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.

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Hagan, Other Senate Dems Up for Reelection Call for Extended Obamacare Enrollment Period

1:33 PM, Oct 24, 2013

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.

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Arkansas Poll: 33 Percent Approve of Pryor

Plus, more Arkansans blame Democrats, not Republicans, for the shutdown.
9:16 AM, Oct 23, 2013

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.

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'Pryor's Campaign is Flailing'

4:35 PM, Oct 16, 2013

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.

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Senate Polls: Close Races in Key States

8:37 AM, Oct 15, 2013

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.

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Poll: A Tight Race for Senate in Arkansas

1:22 PM, Oct 14, 2013

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:

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Meet Tom Cotton of Dardanelle

6:56 AM, Aug 09, 2013

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.

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Pryor: Job Losses 'Just Part of Being in a Capitalist Economy'

1:57 PM, Aug 08, 2013

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:

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Preach It, Brother Cotton

2:02 PM, Aug 07, 2013

Declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, Republican Tom Cotton of Arkansas took on the charge that he isn't experienced enough and went for the jugular.

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Pryor: Obamacare Has Been 'Amazing Success Story'

9:23 AM, Aug 07, 2013

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:

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Arkansas Senate Poll: Cotton 43, Pryor 41

10:01 AM, Aug 06, 2013

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.

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Dem Senator: Obama Doesn't Offer Much to Middle America

1:51 PM, Aug 02, 2013

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."

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'Unjust and Counterproductive'

7:44 AM, Jul 11, 2013

Tom Cotton, writing for the Wall Street Journal:

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Dem. Senator Pryor: I Stand By My Vote for Obamacare

10:24 AM, Jun 02, 2013

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. 

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Mark Pryor's Inconsistent Gun Record

7:25 AM, Apr 12, 2013

The Republican party in Arkansas has released this good video showing Sen. Mark Pryor's inconsistent gun record:

Pryor is up for reelection in 2014.

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Arkansas Senate Poll: Cotton 43, Pryor 35

Boozman praises Cotton.
11:04 AM, Mar 20, 2013

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:

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