Ford O'Connell: Tom Cotton Will Have Tough Race For Senate

Republican Rep. Tom Cotton has a tough road ahead if he is going to defeat the incumbent name-you-know in a key Arkansas Senate race that figures to go down to the wire, GOP strategist Ford O'Connell says.

O'Connell told J.D. Hayworth, and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that Cotton will have to pull out all the stops if he is to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, who has held his seat for 13 years and is the son of popular former governor and Sen. David Pryor.

"Well, for Democrats in Arkansas, particularly in the last 10 years, what's happened here is those who've been sort of an institution like the Pryors have been able to get away with a few things that most candidates couldn't," O'Connell said Wednesday. 

"Remember, these are the Pryors they know, and when you're in the state race — again, when it's a name you know and a name you've trusted over time, it always gives you an advantage. 

"Really, Tom Cotton the Republican is looking for any way to sort of dislodge Pryor, and Pryor is going to play a little bit of a cat-and-mouse game with him."

Read more from Joe Battaglia at Newsmax.com

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