Democrats on Monday released a new ad that attacks Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant Cotton2020 Democrats raise alarm about China's intellectual property theft Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration Meadows, Cotton introduce bill to prevent district judges from blocking federal policy changes MORE (R-Ark.) for voting no on the Violence Against Women Act.

The ad released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee features Stacy Malcum describing abuse from her ex-husband. In the ad, she criticizes Cotton for his "upsetting" vote against the anti-violence law.


"I was unrecognizable and I was black from my shoulder down to my ankle. You feel alone, when you’re being abused.  I felt like I couldn’t get away. Having the women’s shelter there, it saved my life," Malcum said.

Malcum goes on to suggest that Cotton would leave abused women without resources.

"When I hear that Tom Cotton voted against something that could protect women, it’s upsetting. He would leave women like me with nowhere to turn," Malcum said.

Cotton, who is running to unseat 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.) in one of the year's most competitive Senate races, voted no on the Violence Against Women Act last year because he thought it was too broad.

Cotton's campaign website states, "Violence against women is unacceptable, period."

Pryor's campaign is hammering the Republican on the issue in light of recent domestic violence scandals among NFL players like Ray Rice.

Recent polling shows Cotton with a narrow lead in a tight race.