Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) is engaged in a tough fight to retain his Senate seat against freshman Congressman Tom Cotton (R-AR 4th). Pryor is a two term incumbent who was also the scion of former Arkansan Governor and US Senator David Pryor (D-AR).
Politically, Arkansas skews conservative as it voted 60% for Republicans in the 2012 Presidential race. So the Democrat can not just make a party appeal to Democrats and expect to be victorious. In fact, Senator Pryor is one of the vulnerable Democrats who will do anything to separate their campaigns from the Obama White House, even though Senator Pryor has voted with President Obama 95% of the time.
Thus it is key for Senator Pryor to re-connect with Arkansan voters. But Senator Pryor's musing about the "middle class" during a recent debate did not work to that end.
Arkansas is 49th in the nation in median home-income between 2009-2011 averaging $39,806. So it must have been a surprise for Razorback voters to hear them associated with a middle class earning $150,000 to $200,000.