"Meet Blanche Lincoln 2.0," NRSC Political Director Ward Baker writes in the memo. "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 has the name, has the money, has the Clinton machine, and is running for reelection in Arkansas, a state that proved those talking points won’t get you very far if you are fundamentally misaligned with the electorate."
Pryor, a two-term senator and son of a former senator, has had strong fundraising to date and is well-known in the state. Polls show him in a tight race with freshman Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonOvernight Cybersecurity: White House adviser ditches cyber panel over 'fake news' | Trump cyber order 'close' | GOP senator pushes for clean renewal of foreign intel law Overnight Tech: Dem wants to see FCC chief's net neutrality plans | New agency panel on telecom diversity | Trump calls NASA astronaut GOP senator pushes for clean reauthorization of foreign intel law MORE (R-Ark.), and most pundits believe he's the senator facing the toughest race this cycle. But he's in a better position than Lincoln was — polling more than a year out before her reelection found her trailing by 20 points.
Pryor's campaign fired back.
"In case you missed Tom Cotton's lackluster initial fundraising quarter and his weeks of bad press in Arkansas for cheerleading a default and shutdown, this ridiculous memo says everything about how nervous Cotton's allies are about his candidacy," Pryor spokesman Erik Dorey said.
This post was updated at 11:30 a.m.