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.
The poll also found that Cotton, an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who was first elected the Congress in 2012, remains relatively unknown in Arkansas, with 40 percent saying they are not sure of their opinion of him, 34 percent having a favorable opinion, and 22 percent having an unfavorable opinion. A two-term senator whose father was a U.S. senator and Arkansas governor, Pryor is viewed slightly more unfavorably (40 percent) than favorably (38 percent), while just 22 percent are unsure of their opinion of him.
Meanwhile, just 33 percent of those polled said they believe Pryor deserves to be reelected, and 48 percent said "someone new" deserves a chance. Read the full poll results here.