Breaking: Republican Tom Cotton Defeats Democrat Incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas

Tom CottonIn a race Democrats needed, but ultimately probably stood no chance at winning, Republican candidate Tom Cotton successfully defeated incumbent Senator Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

This marks the second big pickup in the Senate for Republicans tonight following their victory in West Virginia.

Arkansas, much like Kentucky, is a state that’s truly baffling. This is a state that I’m sure if you asked most people if they support the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) most would probably say no. Which makes absolutely no sense considering of all states in this country to benefit from the law, Arkansas did so the most.

In fact, from 2013 to 2014 the number of uninsured people in Arkansas was cut in half.

But like I’ve said frequently, and have said even more tonight, the cowardice shown by many Democrats to run from this president’s successes (include “Obamacare”) I think ultimately led to many of these Democratic candidates’ downfalls.

I don’t see how it’s possible to run a successful campaign against an opponent who stands for nothing other than bashing Obama and trying to link you to his administration… while essentially agreeing that the president is terrible. That does two things:

  • It tells true independent voters that your opponent might be right since you’re too much of coward to stand behind your president’s record.
  • It destroys any chance at building enthusiasm among Democrats to get out and vote for you. Because there are still many Democrats who support the president and are embarrassed that you’re too spineless to stand with him.

And, again, this is in a state that benefitted greatly from the Affordable Care Act.

I think when Pryor (and many other Democrats who’ve lost tonight) looks back on this election, they’re going to realize that running from President Obama was one of the dumbest things they did.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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