June 9th, 2010
07:51 AM ET
5 years ago

Against liberal opposition, a centrist Democrat wins primary






(CNN) - Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln won the Democratic primary Tuesday night, beating back a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in this high profile contest that exposed a rift between the liberal and centrist wings of the Democratic Party.

Lincoln was targeted by national unions and liberal activists, who accused the Arkansas Democrat of turning her back on them as well as failing to support President Obama's policy goals.

The Lincoln critics found their candidate in Halter and poured millions of dollars into Arkansas. Halter officially announced his candidacy in March making the primary a sprint, not a marathon.

With the help of these outside activists, the lieutenant governor forced Lincoln into this June runoff election after she failed to receive more than 50 percent of the vote in last month's primary.

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  1. Mesa Mick

    Since the days of Ronnie Regean it has always amazed and confounded me how outright hypocritical politicians and right wing penny pinchers can get so many working people and members of the middle class at large to vote against their wallets.

    Blanche and the rest of the do nothing blue dogs and "government on the cheap" republiCANTs have shown that the only time they that they really pitching FOR the working man and the middle class is when they are pitching TO them to get their votes. Then you hear that big gulping sound made by chumps and the other pop culture followers as they just swill down the cheap but sweet koolaid they are being served up.

    Then the people in the state or Arkansas wonder why their state is near or at the bottom of state rankings – just like AZ and SC – on everything from income to health care to education to living wage paying jobs.

    Nothing like voting "Repuglicrat" to make sure America's middle and working class never get ahead...

    June 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Walter

    It will be interesting to hear how the far left spins this. They constantly bemoan Tea Party members as being too far to the right, well Halter got most of his support from the far far left. I view this as a hopeful sign that the electorate is turning to the middle ground. No matter how much money Moveon.org and its members threw at Halter, he still lost.

    June 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Kathleen

    P.S. I cannot stomach listening to the "actress", and "liar" Blanche Lincoln's winning speech.

    Thanks Arkansas. The rich have spoken!

    June 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Angry Voter

    Interesting that the "LIBERALS" were rejected. Blanche is the less leftist of the left parties candidates, which tells me that Arkansas is NOT on board with the leftist agenda like O'blame-o in the White house would have you think. If she looses in November, which I think will be the case, the message will be even louder that the left is the WRONG direction.

    June 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. conniesz

    I view this as a good sign that the Dems have come to their senses and are going with a candidate that can actually win in November versus one that is more ideologically pure. Hopefully this trend will continue and the Democratic majority in the senate will not shrink too much.

    June 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Darko

    There's one point that should be taken from this primary:

    Folks would rather swallow their tongue and vote for an incumbent 'moderate' rather than a liberal.

    Arkansas had every reason not to vote for Lincoln, but they couldn't make themselves put another liberal in congress. Yes, the vote was close because the moveon.orgs threw all their weight behind Halter, but that now leaves them with a candidate that they've been bashing for months against a GOP opponent that was already polling ahead of her.

    I'm willing to bet that the DNC will concede this one and put their money elsewhere.

    June 9, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. valwayne

    She voted for the corrupt healthcare bill and all the corrupt vote buying deals. She's voted for the radical left wing agenda. If Senators like her are reelected in the fall the massive corrupt spending and debt will continue, the massive corrupt vote buying, the corrupt earmarks, and then she'll support the massive tax increases needed to pay for all the corrupt spending!

    June 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Arkansas is repudiating Obama and his policies. The General Election in Novermber will be proof of that.

    Also demonstrates that perhaps a moderate – conservative can defeat the barrage of leftist money, union money and god knows where it comes from money that Obama and his jack booted thugs can pour into an aera for an election.

    June 9, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. RTB

    This gas bag is not a centrist.

    She is a Republican in disguise.

    Look at her record.

    June 9, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Bob in PA

    Unfortunately Blanche Lincoln caves to political peer pressure more times than not. We need true change in America. Do away with the two party system in our country and make our Representatives and Senators truly represent their constituents. We are tired of politicians that simply tow the party line.

    June 9, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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