Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.), showed just how out of touch he is Tuesday when he said the middle class earns "up to $200,000" a year during the Arkansas U.S. Senate debate.
Pryor, who is roughly five points behind his Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton, sunk deeper after showing how removed he is from reality.
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"When I think of the middle class I think of most of Arkansas, and maybe that goes up to $150,000 and $200,000," Pryor said of the state’s working-class voters.
While there is no definition of "middle class," it is often measured by households making 50 percent above and below the median yearly income. According to U.S. News & World Report, the U.S. middle class earns between $25,500 and $76,500 per year.
The median household income in Arkansas is around $40,000, the second-lowest in the nation, according to a 2013 study.
Arkansans who make over $283,000 per year are considered the top 1 percent of wage earners in the state, according to Business Insider.