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Democratic Poll Finds Mark Pryor With Small Lead

Pryor is facing a competitive re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new poll conducted for the Arkansas Democratic Party found Sen. Mark Pryor and his Republican challenger still locked in a tight race.  

In the survey, obtained by CQ Roll Call, Pryor led Rep. Tom Cotton, 45 percent to 42 percent, with Libertarian and Green Party candidates taking a combined 5 percent and 9 percent undecided.  

Democratic polls have consistently shown Pryor with small leads in recent months, which is counter to most public and GOP polling that has come out. But a USA Today/Suffolk poll taken in mid-September found Pryor up 2 points. Opinion Research Associates polled 400 likely voters Oct. 1-5. The survey's margin of error was 5 points, and likely voters were screened based on past election participation.  

The poll also tested the competitive governor's race between two former congressmen. Democrat Mike Ross led Republican Asa Hutchinson, 45 percent to 41 percent, with other candidates taking 3 percent combined and 11 percent still undecided.  

The Senate race is rated Tilts Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

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