By ANDREW DeMILLO
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is preparing to launch the first campaign ads for his re-election bid, as he faces a high-dollar blitz from groups on the right and left in Arkansas.
Pryor campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Wednesday that the two-term senator plans to begin airing the television ads Friday. Weaver declined to say how much the campaign was spending on the television spots.
Weaver announced the plans shortly after a conservative group said it would begin airing $320,000 worth of television ads criticizing Pryor. Senate Conservatives Action said it would air the ads during the next three weeks in Little Rock and Fort Smith.
A gun control group is also airing ads in Arkansas criticizing Pryor for opposing an expanded background checks measure.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.