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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Clint Reed
Rep. Tom Cotton officially announced Tuesday that he will challenge Arkansas Sen. Mark L. Pryor for his seat, giving the GOP a prized recruit in the race and raising the party's hopes that his candidacy puts it a step closer to taking over the Senate in the 2014 election.
Republican hopes for retaking the Senate in 2014 improved substantially this weekend when Democrats' best option declined to run for Montana's open seat.
Clint Reed, an Arkansas-based GOP consultant, said Mr. Cotton, a Harvard Law School graduate and veteran of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is a "huge get for national Republicans" and his candidacy makes Arkansas "ground zero" in the fight for control of the Senate.
"For Republicans to get control of the U.S. Senate, they have to win Arkansas — it is the keystone race," Mr. Reed said. "The flip side of that is that for Democrats they have to defend"