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 Lunsford 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 CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Hillicon Valley: New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation | Lawmakers target Google, Huawei partnership | Microsoft employees voice anger over ICE contract Lawmakers urge Google to drop partnership with Chinese phone maker Huawei 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 Peter BegichFormer Alaska senator jumps into governor race Overnight Energy: Trump directs Perry to stop coal plant closures | EPA spent ,560 on customized pens | EPA viewed postcard to Pruitt as a threat Perez creates advisory team for DNC transition 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 Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE (D-N.C.) and Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns 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.