Mark Pryor Says Middle Class = $200,000 A Year

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.

"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.