Pryor will vote to increase debt ceiling
© Greg Nash

The most vulnerable Democratic senator up for reelection this year said Wednesday he will vote to increase the $17.2 trillion debt ceiling.

“I don’t want to see us default on our national debt,” Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) said. 

The bill is a "clean" increase through March 15, 2015, and has no policy changes attached to it. 

In an automated GOP poll from Harper Polling this week, Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonPuerto Rico’s statehood win was a ruse House bill threatens Russia with nuclear treaty suspension Cotton: US policy should be regime change in Iran MORE (R-Ark.) leads Pryor 42 percent to 36 percent in the race Republicans feel most confident about winning. President Obama's approval rating in the state is 31 percent in the poll, which is in line with other surveys of Arkansas.

Vulnerable Sen. Mark BegichMark BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (D-Alaska) also said he is on board on Wednesday. 

“I have been consistent in making sure we don’t default on the bills that we owe,” he said. 

Begich is expected to have a tough race in the fall, likely against either Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) or former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R). 

It remains to be seen whether Sen. Kay HaganKay HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock MORE (D-N.C.) and Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuTrump posts O'Keefe videos on Instagram O'Keefe video shows CNN's Van Jones calling Russia story a ‘nothingburger’ White House encourages viewing of anti-CNN James O'Keefe video MORE (D-La.) will vote for the clean increase.

Hagan is tied with North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) in the Harper Polling survey while Landrieu is expected to have a close race with Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). An automated poll from Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling on Tuesday showed the two in a virtual tie.