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Pryor Ahead of Cotton in Arkansas Senate Race Poll

Sitting senator gets 43-percent to freshman congressman's 35-percent.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new poll gives Sen. Mark Pryor an 8-point lead over likely challenger Rep. Tom Cotton in his 2014 re-election race.

The 4th District congressman from Dardanelle is set to officially announce his campaign on Tuesday.

The poll asked respondents which candidate they would vote for if the election were held today.

Forty-three percent said Pryor while 35-percent indicated Cotton would get their vote. Another 18-percent said they were unsure.

The survey was conducted last week by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)*, the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members.

The poll also asked about raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50. The Arkansas minimum wage is lower than the federal minimum, at $6.25.

The poll found:
  • Definitely for 54
  • Probably for 19
  • Probably against 7
  • Definitely 16
  • Unsure 4
*According to its website, AFSCME has about 3,400 local unions and 58 councils and affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, in another poll released on Friday by Magellan Strategies BR, it's a different story about Pryor's re-election bid.

It says Pryor might have trouble winning re-election, saying his "campaign has a big hill to climb."

Of those polled, 47-percent said they felt that it is time to give a new person a chance in the seat.

Another 37-percent said Pryor had performed his job well enough to deserve another term.
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