Pryor Edges Cotton In Arkansas Senate Battle

By Matt Lupoli |

Published 04/15 2014 09:42PM

Updated 04/15 2014 10:40PM

An already contentious race for a US Senate seat in Arkansas is growing more intense, as recent polls show incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor with a slight edge over Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.

A recent poll by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee shows Pryor with a 3-point margin. The most recent independent polls show a similar trend, albeit slight considering margins for error.

A Talk Business Arkansas/Hendrix College survey shows another 3-point margin -- 42.5 percent to 45.5 percent, with the rest undecided.

Opinion Research Associates also put out a poll this week that shows a wider margin, 48 percent to 38 percent. Most polling in the race has been much tighter.

"Mark is standing strong after months of attacks from congressman Cotton's billionaire allies, who are intent on distracting Arkansans from Mr. Cotton's reckless votes to gut Medicare and affordable student loans and obstruct paycheck fairness for women," Pryor for Senate spokesman Erik Dorey said. 

"We try not to put too much stock into any one poll. There had been about a dozen polls in this race dating back to last year. Many of the recent polls show Tom Cotton ahead of Sen. Pryor," Cotton for Senate spokesman David Ray said. "We feel good about the direction where the campaign is headed now."

More than 1000 likely voters took part in the Hendrix poll. Opinion Research polled 400 people.

Cotton recently asked Pryor for five un-moderated debates across the Natural State. Pryor's spokesman said the senator will decide when to debate at the proper time.

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