In the face of polls showing Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) leading Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) in the Arkansas Senate race the Republican favorite and presumptive nominee is being forced to be positive —really positive.
After months of negative attacks either from Pryor's camp or Cotton and his supporters the Republican congressman needs to raise his favorability numbers. So Cotton is moving away from trying to convince voters how terrible Pryor is and, instead, is focusing more and more on his own appeal to Arkansans.
"I don't think that you can win the election solely on anti-Pryor votes," Rex Nelson, a former campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) told TPM. "There have to be some pro-Cotton votes at some point along the line and I think he's trying to flag his pro-Cotton bona fides now whereas the early part of the campaign was trying to build up the anti-Pryor negatives."
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