Poll: Tom Cotton Takes Lead in Arkansas

Tom Cotton / AP

Tom Cotton / AP


Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is trailing Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton in the Arkansas Senate race according to a poll released Monday.

Forty-eight percent of respondents support Cotton compared to 41 percent behind the incumbent Pryor, according to the poll.

The poll shows that the race has taken a turn due to Pryor’s support for Obamacare, according to Politico.

The last published numbers from this marquee match-up came in the midst of October’s government shutdown and before the national focus turned to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, which Pryor voted for. Four polls taken that month showed the race within the margin of error.

In this latest survey, 62 percent of those polled have an unfavorable view of the health care law — 56 percent strongly so.

“Mark Pryor is synonymous with Obamacare and Obamacare is synonymous with making life worse for the American people,” said David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United. “That’s why Pryor is losing to Cotton in the Arkansas Senate race.”