A new NBC/Marist poll released Sunday reveals a dead heat in the Arkansas Senate race, with Republican Tom Cotton holding a 2-point edge over Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.
Cotton had the support of 45 percent of likely voters, while Pryor had 43 percent, within the survey’s margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.9 percentage points.
The same poll had Cotton leading by 5 points in September. It is good news for Pryor after a series of recent polls have found Cotton with a steady and larger lead.
The NBC/Marist poll found that Cotton is viewed more favorably among likely voters. Pryor holds a 49-38 lead among women, while Cotton leads by a larger margin of 51-36 percent among men. President Barack Obama is very unpopular in the state, with an approval rating of 34 percent.
The survey reached 621 likely voters from Oct. 18-22.