Ebola has spread to the Arkansas Senate race.
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is out with a risky new ad attacking his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, over the deadly virus spreading across west Africa.
The “Emergency Response” ad begins with news clips about the recent Ebola outbreak. The narrator of the ad then says: “Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola.”
The ad references a 2013 vote in the House to “reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes.” The reauthorization passed 395 to 29.
The ad comes as the RealClearPolitics polling average shows Cotton slightly ahead of Pryor 46 percent to 43 percent.