Dem poll: Pryor up in Arkansas
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Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorBottom line Everybody wants Joe Manchin Cotton glides to reelection in Arkansas MORE (D-Ark.) has a small lead over Rep. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai Biden says he's 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics 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.