June 9th, 2010
11:02 AM ET
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Analysis: Winners and losers in Tuesday's races

(CNN) - In a night of many winners and more losers, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln stood out Tuesday for successfully overcoming an aggressive, multimillion-dollar campaign by national unions and liberal interest groups who desperately sought to slap a pink slip in this Democrat's hands.

No walking papers were issued to Lincoln, who led a small group of major winners - dominated by women - to emerge from Tuesday's primaries. There was also a handful of losers, who probably woke up Wednesday morning wondering what hit them.

A snapshot of winners and losers from Tuesday's primaries:

Winners

Sen. Blanche Lincoln : Labor and liberals had hoped to make an example of Lincoln, who proved over the years that she was not always a reliable Democratic vote, certainly not so on union issues. But this double barrel of labor and liberals failed to send Lincoln to the head of the unemployment line, and she now has five months to make her case for six more years in Washington.

Her win will likely help boost the confidence of some centrist Democrats fearful of facing the wrath of the emboldened liberal activists in the Obama era. But the unions are expressing no remorse in trying to defeat a Democrat. The AFL-CIO and SEIU both issued statements proclaiming that their efforts were a success, even if they didn't win.

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  1. Steve (the real one)

    Sen. Lincoln may have failed the liberal party's purity test but passed the test of the people! I am also glad she backed down the union bullies! Good for her! Once again, there appears to be no room for moderation in either party! That especially applies to the "party of tolerance". I'll bet the SEIU and the AFL-CIO would like to have that $10 mil back!

    June 9, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Wisconsinite

    That's too bad. I was really hoping AR would fire Blanche. Oh well, at least that means the Dems will most likely hang onto the AR Senate seat, although I wouldn't have minded sacrificing it to get rid of back-stabbing-Blanche.

    And so much for the TPee-ing battle cry "Get rid of all imcumbants", right? Seems to only be working for Rep incumbants, though. :-)

    June 9, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Dar

    Keep voting everyone, this is how we make a differance.

    June 9, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Tony

    Harry Reid may be the biggest winner. Nevada voters chose the Tea Party candidate instead of more seasoned and competant republicans capable of beating Reid handily in the general election. I;m so sick of Harry Reid, but I fear he may pull this out in the end.

    June 9, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Magilla Gorilla in a Skirt

    The narrative isn't that "WOMEN" did so well in this election.

    We have 3 Republican women that are attempting to buy offices with personal money ... Whitman, Fiorina & McMahon ... with each spending many, many millions. Far in excess of any salary they'd earn.

    If you want to talk about Haley as a an emerging woman candidate, fine, but not these other 3.

    And not Blanche Lincoln either, she's not a new fresh, unknown face to politics. She is an incumbant that clings to life.

    June 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. karin

    Blanche Lincoln congrats! There was something about Halter that I didn't trust with his evasive answers.

    Whitman putting in $70 million into a campaign is beyond me. How much will she put in for the election?. The question is WHY?

    June 9, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Yes

    Glad Lincoln won and not the union's and liberal's pick, so much for their big money backing. If she voted against the idiotic healthcare reform bill then I am all for her. Hopefully,no more chicago politics.

    June 9, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    With the exception of Washington insider Blanche the rest of the conservative women are here and for real. Buh bye Washington insiders.

    June 9, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Senator

    Losers: Drum roll please: The American People.
    Far behind in Second, Sarah Palin: Because there are some Smart educated women in the GOP winning their primaries which will make Palin look like one of the characters on Hee Haw, In fact I need to you tube that show, I believe she was on that show lolol.
    3–The Dems Why Jerry Brown. They are as far left as bush was Extreme Right.
    4 through 10. the American People

    June 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Clifford in New York

    The Liberal policies of Barack Obama were short and now "We the people" are coming!

    June 9, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    Shes still a scumbag,and the American people wont forget her vote against the Public POption nor that scumbag job selling Clinton.

    June 9, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. SocialismBad

    I hope all you stupid AFL-CIO and SEIU union members keep throwing your hard earned money down the tiolet! Your government gravy train days are OVER. You've bankrupted the car companies and then had the government save you. But the American people have wised up to your destructive ways.

    June 9, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |