More than $2 million has already been spent in TV advertising on the race for Senate in Arkansas between incumbent Mark Pryor
and challenger Rep. Tom Cotton
. The overwhelming majority of that has come from outside groups, the Washington Post's Reid Wilson reports
Arkansas: Sen. Mark Pryor (D) has purchased $75,170 in advertising in the Little Rock, Jonesboro, Fort Smith markets between April 15-24. It's Pryor's first advertising since mid-February. The campaign didn't return an email seeking comment. Fun fact: Of the $2.6 million spent on TV in Arkansas so far, Pryor has accounted for 7 percent of the total ads. Rep. Tom Cotton (R) has accounted for just 5 percent. The remaining 88 percent comes from outside groups.
Americans for Prosperity
alone has spent
at least $1.4 million on advertising in the race.
The note on Pryor's spending seems to jibe with a recent Politico story
(which didn't directly mention Pryor) suggesting that Senate Democrats in tough races have decided to wait out the early barrage of attacks from AFP and are building a war chest to spend big closer to November.
Nationally, thus far more than $100 million has been spent on television advertising in congressional and gubernatorial races since the beginning of the fourth quarter last year, Wilson reports
. Remind me not to watch any TV until after November.