The Washington Times - February 27, 2013, 11:08AM

The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Wednesday that it has made defeating Sen. Mark L. Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, its No. 1 priority in the 2014 election.

“Mark Pryor pretends to be a moderate in Arkansas but votes like a liberal in Washington,” said Matt Hoskins, the executive director of the group, which is dedicated to electing conservatives to the U.S. Senate.


In the press release, the group said Mr. Pryor, a second-term lawmaker, has voted with President Obama 95 percent of the time and highlighted his support of tax increases, the $814 billion stimulus plan in 2009 and the president’s 2010 health care law.

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In their latest breakdown of the 2014 Senate races, the political analysts at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics said that Mr. Pryor holds one of the seven most imperiled seats in the 2014 cycle. They said that Mr. Pryor has a “strong personal” brand but is also likely to face a formidable opponent in the deep-red state.

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Mr. Obama lost Arkansas by a 23.7 percentage point margin to GOP rival Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

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