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Tom Cotton to run for U.S. Senate, AP told

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published July 31, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. Updated July 31, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.


Republican Tom Cotton waits to do a television interview during a watch party in Hot Springs on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

LITTLE ROCK — A person who has spoken with Arkansas' U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says the freshman Republican congressman will announce next week that he's challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

Cotton scheduled an event with supporters next Tuesday in his hometown of Dardanelle. A person who's spoken with Cotton says the congressman intends to enter the race against Pryor, a two-term incumbent who faces re-election next year.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press was not authorized to speak publicly about the planned announcement and spoke on a condition of anonymity.

Cotton, 36, was elected to the U.S. House in 2012, to the open seat formerly held by Democrat Mike Ross. Ross is now running for Arkansas governor.

On Wednesday, Pryor's campaign wasted no time in hitting back, accusing Cotton of alienating constituents on issues ranging from farming to Social Security.

"Instead of putting Arkansas first, he has put his own political career ahead of the people of Arkansas and sided with Washington insiders and special interests," Pryor's campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said in a statement. "When the people of our state review Tom Cotton's record, they won't like what they see."

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TuckerMax says... July 31, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.

I guess he wants Arkansas to go back to the 1950s.

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djigoo says... July 31, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.

Hasn't poor Arkansas suffered enough? Just another Neanderthal Teabagger.

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hah406 says... July 31, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.

Another professional GOP hack hired and paid for by Washington establishment. God help us all...

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Dontcallmenames says... July 31, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.

You guys are right! Let's keep voting for Democrats so we can become like Detroit.

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mhck52 says... July 31, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.

So, Republicans shouldn't put up a candidate to try to get one more conservative in the Senate? Pryor is not a conservative. Arkansas is doing better than most states comrade.

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Nate says... July 31, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.

Just how ignorant and uninformed do republican politicians think Arkansas voters are? And its obvious that Tom Cotton subscribe to the therory of keeping women barefoot and pregnant and they will tell them what they nned to know. They have introduced all kinds of legislation that does nothing to introduce jobs, increase minimum wages, train the workforce, raise levels of education or improve health outcomes in the state and he thinks he should be elevated to the Senate!

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RoyDaMercer says... July 31, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

Let the games begin! We are going to need to get a whole lot more rain to provide the mud needed for the contest between these 2.

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wolfman says... July 31, 2013 at 1:01 p.m.

Really? running for the senate?!? He didn't even make a good congressman. He ran on his military, patriotic theme and won. I always vote for the most qualified person for the job..dem or repub..Cotton isn't qualified. I don't understand how he got to DC in the first place. Cotton says one thing and does another...a political rookie. He won't/be good for Arkansas. I am surprised they haven't laughed him out of DC by now!

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nwar says... July 31, 2013 at 1:35 p.m.

It would be a huge mistake to send Cotton to the Senate -- where he can make Arkansas look more backward. People need to understand that this guy represents his mega-rich buddies at the Club for Growth and those guys generally don't live in the 4th Congressional district of Arkansas. This so-called fiscal conservative votes for funding that the Pentagon says it does not even need. He demands cuts to SNAP money for people to eat, but is just fine wasting billions on big agribusinesses that don't need subsidies. Mr. Cotton doesn't seem to bleeding the U.S. taxpayer dry to pay for endless military interventions for which we see no gain. And make no mistake that the taxpayers bleeding will be the middle class, not his gazillionaire friends. And if you happen to catch a fleeting glimpse of this guy in Arkansas, why don't you ask him for his position on Medicare and Social Security, two programs vital for Arkansas seniors. He is already voted to privatize our Medicare -- a prescription to let the insurance industry rip-off seniors. Pryor may be wishy-washy, but he is light years better than Cotton, the extremist.

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Packman says... July 31, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.

A pro-life veteran who believes in God, guns, and less government. That's enough to make the UIA (Useful Idiots of America) to him as a "Neanderthal Teabagger". Will Mark Pryor's one vote against silly and wholly worthless universal firearm's background checks be enough to save Marky Mark and the not so funky bunch? In a state that loves unborn children, God, guns, and less government, Pryor could be in deep doo doo.

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