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Mark Pryor / Danny Johnston, AP

President Obama will appear with an embattled incumbent Democratic senator on Wednesday, but they won't be campaigning.

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who is in a tough re-election battle with Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will join Obama for a tour of tornado damage in central Arkansas.

Like other Republican candidates, especially in the South, Cotton has tried to link Pryor to Obama, who has low approval ratings in Arkansas.

For his part, Pryor has sought to distance himself from Obama and the national Democratic Party.

As The Washington Post notes, Pryor "likes to cast himself to voters as an independent senator on Capitol Hill" during his campaign in Arkansas.

"I'm not there (in the Senate) to represent the president or his party," Pryor said at a recent campaign stop. "I'm not there to oppose the president or his party. ... My job is to represent Arkansas."



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