Republican Opponent Looks Unlikely for Pryor

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party says it's unlikely the party will have an opponent to run against Democratic Senator Mark Pryor in the fall.

Chairman Dennis Milligan told The Associated Press that the party is continuing to recruit potential candidates, but that they don't have a candidate now, and they're running out of time.

Pryor has raised $4.4 million through October and had $3.2 million in the bank for the race.  Milligan says the amount of money raised by Pryor has probably scared away candidates.

Pryor is the son of former Arkansas governor and U.S. Senator David Pryor and was elected to the Senate in 2002.  Mark Pryor was elected in 2002.

Green Party member Rebekah Kennedy, who lost a bid for state attorney general last year, has announced she will run against Pryor.

Milligan says the state GOP has been rebuilding since the 2006 general election, when Democrats swept statewide offices and won additional seats in the Legislature.

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