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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — In this 2017 file photo, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Year One of the Donald Trump presidency has been good for Arkansas' junior senator, writes Peter Spiliakos of The National Review.

In a piece Monday titled "Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham and the Future of the GOP," Spiliakos wrote: "Tom Cotton has strengthened his chances of being the Republican presidential nominee someday. He was the most effective Trump surrogate and has earned the 'fighter' reputation that [U.S. Sen. Ted] Cruz wanted so desperately."

A survey by Morning Consult, on the other hand, suggested that Cotton's popularity in Arkansas has eroded slightly.

Questioned between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 49 percent of Arkansans approved of the Dardanelle Republican, 32 percent disapproved and 19 percent were either undecided or wouldn't share their views.

The survey was based on a national survey of more than 250,000 people. The research and media company said the margin of error for Arkansas was plus or minus 2 percent.

Another Morning Consult survey, conducted three months earlier, showed 55 percent of Arkansans approving of Cotton, 27 percent disapproving and 18 percent either undecided or unwilling to share their views.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman also saw his numbers drop. In the earlier survey, Boozman's ratings were 52 percent favorable, 23 percent unfavorable and 25 percent undecided or not saying. In the latest survey, he fell to 45 percent favorable and 29 percent unfavorable, with 26 percent undecided.


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  • WGT
    January 28, 2018 at 8:01 a.m.

    Nope. Not qualified. Trump supporter.

  • mozarky2
    January 28, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

    The poll that matters, the 2014 Senate election:
    Tom Cotton-56.5%
    Mark Pryor-39.4%

  • PopMom
    January 28, 2018 at 8:54 a.m.


    Quit living in the past.

  • BoudinMan
    January 28, 2018 at 9:33 a.m.

    Under 50% in Arkansas according to this polling. It seems that Cotton's latest shenanigans as Pinocchio to puppet master trump has taken the blush off the bloom. This man is hardly qualified to be president. But, then, we are stuck with the short-fingered-vulgarian.

  • TimberTopper
    January 28, 2018 at 10:58 a.m.

    moz, an intelligent person wouldn't set him/her self up for a fall like you are going to get.

  • ahelms
    January 28, 2018 at 11:48 a.m.

    Begin typing here... Would be worse than Trump...if that's possible.

  • mozarky2
    January 28, 2018 at 12:18 p.m.

    PopMom, by your support of dimocrats, you're the one who's living in the past.
    LimberLiar, at least I am at a level that's possible to fall from, unlike you.

  • TimberTopper
    January 28, 2018 at 1:12 p.m.

    Moz the dodger, that limited IQ you have is telling.

  • mozarky2
    January 28, 2018 at 1:19 p.m.

    Lying again. I'd put my IQ and integrity far above yours. Do you even consider the crap you post here? Your fifth-grade level grammar is atrocious!
    Thanks for the laughs, though; ditto for the affirmation you provide that liberalism is a mental illness.

  • GeneralMac
    January 28, 2018 at 1:48 p.m.

    Do any of you liberals believe Arkansas would go Blue if Tom Cotton was the Republican candidate ?

    No way !