Arkansas Senate Race Heating Up, Getting Expensive

The little state that might.

The Arkansas race for a seat in the U.S. Senate is nearly a dead heat and almost certain to be the most expensive in the state’s history as Democrats and Republicans pour money into a battle that could help determine the balance of power in the body.

Apart from the spending, a tipping point in the campaign could be whether distaste for President Barack Obama outweighs reverence for the Pryor family, a state political power for decades, analysts say.

The contest pits two-term Democrat Mark Pryor, an ally of the state’s favorite political son, Bill Clinton, against Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican who returned to Arkansas only two years ago to win a seat in the House of Representatives.


Frankly, many Republicans were hoping this race wouldn’t still be this close but here we are. That’s a subtle “carpetbagger” dig at Cotton, even if not in the strictest definition. Remember, things like that only matter if the candidate is a Republican.

Near the end of the article, Reuters dug up a political science professor to do some partisan cheerleading for Pryor, who called him a “centrist”. When a Poli Sci prof uses that term, he or she generally means, “To the left of Fidel Castro.”


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