Drew County was redder than an Arkansas vs. Alabama football game on Saturday when the state GOP elite gathered in Monticello to honor Ronald Reagan, celebrate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and do some politicking.
It’s an independent-minded county where most of the local office-holders are Democrats, but voted Republican in the last two presidential elections. Tom Cotton, 37, is hoping to capitalize on that, consistently linking his opponent, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, to President Barak Obama.
“We don’t need a senator in Washington D.C. that agrees with Barak Obama 93 percent of the time,” Cotton said Saturday night at the Drew County GOP’s Reagan Day Dinner, whose speakers included Fourth District Congressional candidate Bruce Westerman, gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson, and Sonya Ryburn, a candidate for the 9th District state House seat.
Pryor, 51, is fighting to keep his seat in one of the most closely-watched and competitive U.S. Senate races in the country.
Saturday morning, prior to the Reagan Day Dinner, Cotton, Westerman, Ryburn and Curtis Coleman, a former Republican candidate for governor, spoke at the Southeast Arkansas TEA Party’s Second Amendment Sportsman’s Rally in Drew County.
Shadowing Cotton throughout the day, which included brief stops in Rison, Fordyce and Warren, was Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor.
Photos taken at the Reagan Day Dinner and the Second Amendment Rally. A video of Tom Cotton speaking at the Second Amendment Rally follows the photos: