Dem poll: Pryor up in Arkansas
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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.) has a small lead over Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites Hillicon Valley: Justice Department appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | New report on election security | FBI agent testifies in marathon hearing MORE (R-Ark.), according to a new poll conducted for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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Pryor leads Cotton by 46 percent to 43 percent in the poll, conducted for the DSCC's independent expenditure arm by Hickman Analytics. It falls within the poll's 3.5-percent margin of error.

This is the second time in a few weeks that a Hickman poll has shown Pryor with a small lead — they had him up by two points in a late August poll.

Publicly released internal polls should always be viewed with a bit of skepticism. The few recent nonpartisan public polls of the race have found Cotton with a small lead, and Republicans have been more bullish about the race than Democrats in recent weeks.

The live-caller poll of 801 likely voters reached on landlines and cellphones was conducted from Sept. 13-18.

Republicans need to win six seats to take the Senate majority, and Pryor has long been one of their top targets.