Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has edged Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) in his fourth-quarter fundraising totals, bringing in $1.2 million to Pryor's $1.1 million.
Pryor has more money in the bank, with $4.2 million to Cotton's $2.2 million. But it's rare that challengers outraise incumbents this early in the campaign — and it's the latest signal of how tough a fight Pryor is in to retain his seat.
Pryor is widely viewed as the most vulnerable incumbent senator facing reelection this year. Polls have found a tight race in the state.
"Arkansans are supporting Tom Cotton because he shares their values... Arkansas doesn't need a senator who will hand his voting card to Harry Reid whenever he asks for it," Cotton Campaign Manager Justin Brasell said in a statement announcing the numbers.
"Heading into the election year, Mark will have every resource to remind voters about his record as a reliable and responsible voice for Arkansas families, while drawing clear contrasts with Congressman Cotton's reckless agenda that puts his own interests ahead of Arkansans," Pryor spokesman Erik Dorey fired back.