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.
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.