Pryor raises $1.5M over quarter for re-election

 

The Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign announced Friday he's raised $1.5 million over the past three months in his increasingly expensive and heated fight for a third term in a nationally watched race.

Pryor's campaign said the Arkansas lawmaker has raised nearly $9 million since launching his re-election bid last year. The campaign did not say how much he has spent over the past three months.

"As we head toward the home stretch with the wind at our back, this campaign continues to be about which candidate voters can trust to put Arkansas first," Pryor spokesman Erik Dorey said in a statement released by the campaign.

Pryor was first elected in 2002. He's being challenged by freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who has not yet announced his fundraising for the second quarter.

The two campaigns and outside groups have spent millions on the race, with television ads from both sides blanketing Arkansas' airways. The race is closely watched because Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November to capture majority control of the Senate. Top-tier GOP targets are the Republican-leaning Southern states — Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina — where Obama is unpopular and incumbent Democrats are struggling to keep their seats.

Pryor, who won re-election in 2008 without a Republican opponent, is the only Democratic member of Arkansas' congressional delegation. Cotton was elected to represent south Arkansas' 4th Congressional District in 2012.

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