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{{Support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Pryor voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Arkansas

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Pryor Democratic Party
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Race Rating
Pending

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Arkansas will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Arkansas has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mark Pryor (D). Pryor was first elected in 2002 and is running for re-election in 2014. Pryor is currently the only Democratic member in Arkansas' congressional delegation.

Candidates

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Race background

Arkansas's senate seat currently held by Mark Pryor is considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the country. The state has become increasingly Republican since Bill Clinton was governor, having voted for George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney in the last three presidential elections. Pryor's seat is also the only remaining seat held by a Democrat in the state's congressional delegation.[2]

Race ratings

Most vulnerable seats

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[3]

Polls

Mark Pryor vs. Tom Cotton
Poll Mark Pryor Tom CottonUnsureDeclined to answerMargin of ErrorSample Size
AFSCME (July 23-27, 2013)
43%35%18%3%+/-4729
Conservative Intel (August 4-5, 2013)
41%43%16%0%+/-4.04587
AVERAGES 42% 39% 17% 1.5% +/-4.02 658
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[4] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Pryor voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[5]

Campaign contributions

Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 18, 2013$1,734,136.82$1,923,657.71$(239,097.21)$3,418,697.32
July Quarterly[7]July 15, 2013$3,418,697.32$1,204,480.45$(701,907.90)$3,921,269.87
October Quarterly[8]October 15, 2013$3,921,269.87$1,067,818.04$(570,319.18)$4,418,768.73
Year-End[9]January 31, 2014$4,418,768$1,115,829$(1,325,311)$4,209,286
Running totals
$5,311,785.2$(2,836,635.29)

Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2013$118,350$526,515$(84,386)$560,479
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$560,479$611,341$(126,448)$1,045,372
October Quarterly[12]October 14, 2013$1,045,372$1,071,561$(311,696)$1,805,237
Year-End[13]January 31, 2014$1,805,237$1,241,256$(815,700)$2,231,063
Running totals
$3,450,673$(1,338,230)

Media

Mark Pryor


August 2013 ad attacking Tom Cotton

Ad attacking Tom Cotton over gov. shutdown

Tom Cotton


Club for Growth ad attacking Mark Pryor

October 2013 ad attacking Mark Pryor on Obamacare

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Boozman won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Blanche L. Lincoln (D), Trevor Drown (I) and John Laney Gray, III (G) in the general election.[14]

U.S. Senate, Arkansas General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Boozman 57.9% 451,618
     Democratic Blanche L. Lincoln Incumbent 37% 288,156
     Independent Trevor Drown 3.2% 25,234
     Green John Laney Gray, III 1.9% 14,430
Total Votes 779,438

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mark Pryor won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Rebekah Kennedy (G) in the general election.[15]

U.S. Senate, Arkansas General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Pryor Incumbent 79.5% 804,678
     Green Rebekah Kennedy 20.5% 207,076
Total Votes 1,011,754

See also

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