The Federal Election Commission's reporting deadline was still looming Monday evening, but the reports that had come in offered an early glimpse into which potential Senate candidates in the House have been laying the groundwork for 2014 bids for the upper chamber — and which have not. Here, a look at the latter:
Arkansas: Rep. Tom Cotton, who tops Republicans' wish lists to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor next year, ended the first quarter with roughly $560,500 on hand, a far cry from Pryor's $3.4 million. Still, his account was nearly emptied out by the end of 2012, the year he won his first term in Congress by more than 20 percentage points. Cotton raised about $526,500 in the first three months of 2013, an improvement on the $352,500 he brought in during the first quarter of 2012 and roughly on par with his $564,800 haul during the third quarter of last year.
Should Cotton decide to make the jump to the Senate, he'll have a lot of work to do to keep pace with Pryor, who has received fundraising help from Bill Clinton. But Cotton isn't without friends either: Both the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund have indicated they would strongly consider supporting Cotton in a bid to take down Pryor.