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Pryor brushes aside talk of 2014

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is running for re-election in 2014, but for now he'd rather do it quietly.

"People are sick and tired of talking about politics and campaigns and the next election cycle," Pryor told reporters Wednesday. "People need to catch their breath."

Pryor put to bed speculation earlier this year that he might retire from Congress after two terms, telling supporters in an April letter that he planned to run in 2014.

He faced no Republican opponent in 2008 but is now considered among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in 2014, and his re-election bid will draw national attention.

Republican Reps. Tim Griffin of Little Rock and Steve Womack of Rogers, and Rep.-elect Tom Cotton of Dardanelle all have hinted at a potential challenge.

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