Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) wants to replace Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first MORE (D-Nev.) and give the job to Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerDNC candidate Harrison drops out, backs Perez for chairman Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump defends Flynn, blasts leaks | Yahoo fears further breach MORE (D-N.Y.), he reportedly told donors at a private fundraiser last month.

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According to audio of a Democrats for Education Reform PAC fundraiser obtained by The Washington Free Beacon, Pryor said the "best thing that could happen" to the Senate would be if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSanders: 'If you don't have the guts to face your constituents,' you shouldn't be in Congress McConnell: Trump's speech should be 'tweet free' Protesters crash McConnell's speech MORE (R-Ky.) "gets beat and Harry Reid gets replaced.”

Pryor then suggested Schumer as a replacement, according to the conservative website, saying he "does a pretty darn good job there in the Senate, and he's actually, he's not this crazy wild-eyed, left-wing liberal either."

Pryor is in a tight race against Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonSanders: 'If you don't have the guts to face your constituents,' you shouldn't be in Congress Protesters crash McConnell's speech 7-year-old to Cotton: Don't let Trump cut PBS Kids just to fund a wall MORE (R-Ark.), and has previously offered tepid support for Reid. Republicans have sought to tie Pryor to Reid, though it's unclear whether the New York senator would be any more palatable to Arkansas voters.