Family ties a factor in key Senate races

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The family ties of several Senate incumbents and challengers could play a front-and-center role in next year's midterm elections.

For several Democrats, the deep roots in their conservative-leaning home states could help them fight Republican charges that they have become rubber stamps for President Barack Obama.

But with Congress' approval ratings dipping to record lows, the famous family names could be a liability for voters who want a fresh start.

The family connections are playing prominently in states like Arkansas, where Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor faces a tough challenge against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton. Mark Pryor is the son of a former governor and senator, David Pryor.

The family roots could also factor in Senate campaigns in Louisiana, Alaska and Wyoming.

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