Priebus touts Arkansas' role in US Senate fight

By ANDREW DeMILLOAssociated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Arkansas is key for the party's fight to win control of the U.S. Senate, as he kicked off a series of visits by national GOP figures to the state during the next week.

Priebus visited Arkansas Tuesday to speak with volunteers at a Republican Party campaign office in Little Rock to tout the GOP's candidates for Senate and other top offices. Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in an increasingly expensive and nationally watched race.

Priebus's visit is among a series of stops by GOP surrogates to the state during the next week, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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