In Dardanelle, Tom Cotton Announces Run for US Senate Seat in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 7:32 am  

"I'm running because I think Arkansas deserves a senator who stands with them and not with Barack Obama," Cotton says.

Cotton has gained national prominence since taking office in January, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" and penning a column in the Wall Street Journal opposing an immigration reform bill that Pryor supported.

Pryor is the only Democrat in the state's Washington delegation after Republicans made major gains in the state over the past two elections. The GOP won control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction in the November election, and swept all four of the state's U.S. House seats.

Cotton's announcement will lead to jockeying among Republicans for at least two other offices. Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman told reporters Tuesday night they were likely to seek the party's nomination for Cotton's seat. Several Republicans are eyeing a run for lieutenant governor if Darr seeks the House seat.

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