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Expect Pryor vs. Cotton Senate Polling To Increase

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A conservative leaning poll finds Republican Congressman Tom Cotton with a seven point lead on two term incumbent Democrat senator Mark Pryor.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A conservative-leaning poll finds Republican Congressman Tom Cotton with a seven-point lead on two term incumbent Democrat senator Mark Pryor. Citizens United Political Victory Fund, a conservative political action committee, funded the poll which finds Cotton ahead of Pryor 48% to 41% among likely voters. University of Arkansas-Little Rock political science professor Art English says the poll is far from perfect.

"They questioned a really small sample size of 400 voters and it has a high margin of error of 5%," English says. "This poll, I think you've got to take it for what it is," English says.

English adds the poll does reflect what conservatives believe will be a winning strategy to regain control of the U.S. Senate in 2014 by targeting the three remaining Southern Democrats. That includes Pyror, along with Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu and North Carolina senator Kay Hagan. All three voted in support of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. English says the bungled launch of the health care exchange in October only complicates the equation.

"If you're any of these three senators you've got to be sorting of scratching your head like what more can the President of my party do to me that he hasn't done already," English says.

The poll released this week shows the unfavorable rating for the health care law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, stands at 69% versus only 18% of voters with a favorable disposition.

"Republicans will keep focused on that, conservative groups will keep focused on that," English says. "But a lot of voters are still not plugged into this election quite yet."
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