Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) plans to announce next Tuesday that he will run for the Senate in 2014, according to a report from the Associated Press, giving Republicans a top recruit for a race they are eager to contest.


Tom Cotton (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP, File)

Cotton is a first-term congressman and Iraq War veteran. He enjoys support in both the conservative and establishment wings of the GOP.

Cotton's spokeswoman would not confirm or deny the AP report. She only said he would speak about his "fight" to represent Arkansas on Tuesday.