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Mark Pryor’s Campaign Is Taking On Water

- March 10, 2014

A New Poll Released Today By Democrat Polling Firm Hickman Analytics Shows That Arkansas Voters Favor Replacing Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) With A Republican By An 8-Point Margin – 39 Percent Would Reelect Pryor And 47 Percent Would Fire Him. (Hickman Analytics, 400 LV, 4.9% MoE, 2/17-20/14)

  • Among Voters Who Say They Will Definitely Vote In November, The Sentiment Against Pryor Is Even Stronger – 50 Percent Say Pryor Should Go And 38 Percent Say He Should Be Reelected. (Hickman Analytics, 400 LV, 4.9% MoE, 2/17-20/14)

Republican Candidate Tom Cotton Leads Pryor By 9 Points Among Voters Who Say They Will Definitely Vote In November – 51 Percent Support Cotton And 42 Percent Support Pryor. (Hickman Analytics, 400 LV, 4.9% MoE, 2/17-20/14)

PRYOR’S DENIGRATION OF TOM COTTON’S MILITARY SERVICE IS UNLIKELY TO IMPROVE HIS NUMBERS

In An Interview Last Week With NBC News, Pryor Attacked Cotton, Saying He Had A “Sense Of Entitlement” Because He Had Served In The Military. “The quick rise has won him an attack ad from Pryor, who says that Cotton has ‘blind ambition’ and a sense of entitlement that will turn voters off, even considering his military background.  ‘There's a lot of people in the Senate that didn't serve in the military,’ Pryor told NBC News. ‘Obviously in the Senate we have all types of different people, all kinds of different folks that have come from all types of different backgrounds—and I think that's part of that sense of entitlement that he gives off is that, almost like, I served my country, let me into the Senate. But that's not how it works in Arkansas.’” (Kasie Hunt and Ben Mayer, “Can A Democrat Still Get Elected In Arkansas?,” NBC News, 3/5/14)

Arkansas’ Largest Newspaper Denounced Pryor’s Attacks In An Editorial

Yesterday, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Took Pryor To Task For His Attacks On Cotton’s Military Service, Saying He Had Made The Choice In The November Election “Crystal Clear.” “MARK PRYOR, the state’s senior senator, should be thanked for making the choice in this year’s election for the U.S. Senate here in Arkansas more than crystal clear.  Talk about the halogen spotlight of public attention, the senator’s comments Wednesday on MSNBC, the perfect partisan forum for them, cast a blinding light not just on his idea of what this year’s race for the Senate is about, but what the U.S. Senate and indeed political life in general is about.  It wasn’t just that Senator Pryor discounted the relevance of his opponent’s military service in this campaign. But that the senator was dismissive of the whole, defining quality that Tom Cotton has stood for throughout his life-in Yell County, at Harvard, in the law and in the Army, in the U.S. House of Representatives and now as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.” (Editorial, “Arkansas’ Choice For U.S. Senator,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/9/14)

Pryor’s Attacks On Cotton’s “Sense Of Entitlement” Are Curious, Says The Democrat-Gazette, Since Pryor’s Status As The Son Of A Popular Former Senator “May Be His Chief Distinction In State Politics.” “And yet Mark Pryor, son of a popular senator, which may be his chief distinction in state politics, accuses his opponent of a “sense of entitlement.” Has anyone who has ever spoken to Tom Cotton about his politics, or his career civil or military, legal or academic, ever come away with the impression that he has a ‘sense of entitlement?’ Any fair-minded person, that is, as opposed to a political operative for the other political party. Please. This is Tom Cotton of Yell County, Ark., we’re talking about-Mattie Ross country.” (Editorial, “Arkansas’ Choice For U.S. Senator,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/9/14)

Democrat-Gazette: Pryor Has “Has Been For Expedience Over Principle Throughout His Political Career.” “The vote on that bill was a perfect example of idealism vs. politics as usual. For the farm bill combined, as it always does, a multitude of subsidies for a vast special interest with idealistic talk about helping the needy. Mark Pryor was all for it, of course, as he has been for expedience over principle throughout his political career. Whether he was befriending payday lenders as the state’s attorney general-hey, they had all those campaign contributions to make-or running on nothing but the Democratic brand, as he is this year.” (Editorial, “Arkansas’ Choice For U.S. Senator,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/9/14)

Democrat-Gazette: “This Much Can Surely Be Said For Mark Pryor. He Has Made The Choice In This Race More Than Clear. In This One Statement Of His, He’s Made It Undeniable.” (Editorial, “Arkansas’ Choice For U.S. Senator,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/9/14)


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