May 27th, 2010
06:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Halter outraises Lincoln in Arkansas runoff

Incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln was outraised by her primary opponent Bill Halter during the latest filing period.
Incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln was outraised by her primary opponent Bill Halter during the latest filing period.

Washington (CNN) - Fresh fundraising numbers might spell trouble for Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. The Democrat raised less money in the last filing period than run-off opponent, Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter.

Both campaigns released campaign finance reports on Thursday.

For the period between April 29 thru May 19, Lincoln's net contributions totaled $552,289.91. Halter raked in $777,119.94. That means Halter outpaced Lincoln by just over $224,830.

Most of Lincoln's total - nearly $233,000 - came from political committees, such as PACS. Just over $319,000 came from individuals.

In contrast, most of Halter's funds - just over $753,000 - came from individuals, whereas just over $24,000 came from political committees.

While Halter may have won this fundraising cycle, Lincoln has the clear edge in cash on hand – holding just over $1.5 million than Halter. The lieutenant governor entered the race just over 12 weeks ago.

Both candidates are locked in a tight runoff that will culminate in a June 8 vote.

The runoff became necessary after neither Lincoln or Halter cracked the required
50-percent threshold of voter support in the May 18 Democratic primary. The race has been expensive and increasingly bitter.

The winner will face Republican Rep. John Boozman in the November election.


Filed under: Arkansas • Bill Halter • Blanche Lincoln
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I can't wait until June 8th! Blanche Lincoln has turned her back on the working people of Arkansas and America for the last time.

    GO BILL HALTER!

    May 27, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Jakey

    Part of a bigger trend that will continue through November. Interesting that the Democrat was funded by PACs (Political Action Commitee, for those of you who don't know what that is – they are special interests who are going to want favors when/if the candidate they sponsor wins.) Meanwhile, individuals are backing the Republicans. Again, I think this a clear trend, as individual voters have had enough of Obama and his socialist agenda.

    May 27, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Lincoln has got to go. She sounds like a half-baked Republican with her dumb rhetoric. I hope Arkansas is smart enough to vote for Bill Halter. Lincoln just puts her finger to the wind to see what's popular that day of week, then changes her mind.

    May 27, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. frank

    she did not work for the people, it was all about her.

    May 27, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Looks like Miss Hathaway from The Beverly Hilbillies will be working for Chevron soon!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Djinn

    As an Arkansas democrat, I am ready to say "Bye Blanche!"

    May 27, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    This TX democrat is one of the individuals that sent 50 bucks to Halter.

    Let this be a warning to all the "blue dogs" you may be conservative, that is fine, but if you ALWAYS vote with the opposition, YOU become the opposition.

    May 27, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. dan smith

    Wonder what position in the administration Obama will offer either one of them to drop out of the race. Oh any it IS A Federal Crime to offer a job to a candidate in return for a political favor, just ask Blagoyovich.

    May 27, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. dan smith

    Don't worry, I'm sure the Crook In Chief will offer one of you a job in his administration if you agree to drop out of the race.

    May 27, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Riley

    Neither of the dems will beat the republican challenger in this race. So, give it up.

    May 27, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. GJ

    This is the clearest primary yet. It really isn't even about ideology. Its about respresenting corporate interests over the people's interest.

    May 27, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. AJ

    Blanche is a Sarah Palin like pig and needs to be made into bacon.

    May 27, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. jts35

    Another sign that she is bought and paid for by the establishment and large interest. His contributions are coming from the people. Maybe that is an indication of how the vote will go. She might have an accent, but she loves Washington, DC.

    May 27, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |