GOP target Pryor surviving TV attacks in Arkansas

By THOMAS BEAUMONTAssociated Press

WARREN, Arkansas (AP) - You might think that increasingly conservative Arkansas would easily fall to Republicans in this year's Senate race, given the barrage of ads linking incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor to President Barack Obama.

But Pryor is crisscrossing the state in the first real contest of his career, touting his political independence with a campaign slogan, "Arkansas comes first." He and his allies, meanwhile, are airing their own attacks on GOP challenger Rep. Tom Cotton for supporting last year's government shutdown.

Cotton, meanwhile, is relentlessly connecting Pryor to Obama on health care reform and more.

The result is a high-dollar, high-stakes contest as Republicans reach for the six-seat gain required to capture the Senate majority.

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