First-term Republican congressman Tom Cotton has ousted Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas, the AP projects.
Cotton, an Iraq War veteran, announced his challenge to Pryor, scion of an Arkansas Democratic family, last year. While Pryor kept the race close for much of the cycle, the race broke Cotton's way in the home stretch. Cotton's victory marks the second GOP Senate pickup of the night, after GOPer Shelly Moore Capito won the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia; Republicans need to pick up a net six seats to capture the chamber.
The AP also projects that Republicans have picked up Arkansas' governorship. Republican former congressman Asa Hutchison defeated former Democratic Rep. Mike Ross in the race to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.