Tom Cotton Raises Over $1 Million Against Mark Pryor

Freshman GOP congressman posts solid fundraising haul against vulnerable Democrat.

Tom Cotton, Arkansas District 4
National Journal
Alex Roarty
Oct. 15, 2013, 6:20 a.m.

Arkan­sas Rep. Tom Cot­ton raised just over $1 mil­lion in the third fun­drais­ing quarter, ac­cord­ing to FEC doc­u­ments ob­tained by Na­tion­al Journ­al, giv­ing the ex­pec­ted Re­pub­lic­an Sen­ate nom­in­ee against Sen. Mark Pry­or roughly $1.8 mil­lion on hand as he be­gins his cam­paign.

Cot­ton, a fresh­man con­gress­man who began his Sen­ate cam­paign in early Au­gust, has raised $2.22 mil­lion so far this cycle. He had about $1 mil­lion on hand to be­fore the most re­cent fun­drais­ing quarter.

The haul bol­sters Cot­ton’s repu­ta­tion as one of the strongest Re­pub­lic­an Sen­ate can­did­ates for next year’s midterm elec­tions. Pry­or raised $1 mil­lion in the third quarter, ac­cord­ing to Politico, and ended Septem­ber with $4.4 mil­lion cash on hand.

Pry­or is con­sidered the most vul­ner­able Demo­crat­ic Sen­ate in­cum­bent. And Cot­ton is one of the few GOP Sen­ate nom­in­ees who doesn’t face a primary chal­lenge be­fore mov­ing on to the gen­er­al elec­tion — his cam­paign is already air­ing TV ads at­tack­ing Pry­or.

Cot­ton spent $311,000 in the last quarter, ac­cord­ing to his FEC re­port.

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