(CNN) - Republican Rep. John Boozman has defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln, CNN projects, ending her bid for a third term. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
Little Rock, Arkansas (CNN) - In the shadow of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, an ironic occurrence is taking shape. As the former two-term president traverses the country, rallying support for Democrats facing tough electoral prospects, his party is bracing for severe losses in his home state of Arkansas.
Embattled two-term Sen. Blanche Lincoln faces a bleak outlook in her bid for re-election, while Reps. Vic Snyder and Marion Berry are opting to retire, opening the door to Republican takeovers of their seats. A Republican and a Democrat are in Arkansas' two other congressional districts, and they're considered safe for the incumbent parties.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is heading home to help out a fellow Democrat facing a very tough re-election bid.
The former president teams up with Sen. Blanche Lincoln in his native Arkansas at an event in Jonesboro Wednesday evening.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is once again lending assistance to embattled Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln, who is in a fight for her political life in her home state of Arkansas.
Clinton stumped for Lincoln during a dramatic primary election in which Lincoln narrowly clinched the Democratic nomination after a runoff against Arkansas Lt. Gov Bill Halter.
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden travels to Boston Wednesday, where he's scheduled to team up with Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.
A Democratic source tells CNN that the event is a fundraiser for the two-term Democratic senator, who faces a very difficult re-election bid this year.
After surviving a very tough primary challenge from Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter that extended to a run-off election, Lincoln now faces off against four-term Rep. John Boozman, the Republican Senate nominee.
A recent Mason-Dixon poll of likely Arkansas voters indicated that Lincoln trailed Boozman by 17 points. Other recent surveys suggest that Boozman's lead is even larger.
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(CNN) – A day before she declares whether she will mount a write-in candidacy to preserve her Senate seat, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski spent several hours in and around the Senate chamber Thursday talking with her colleagues about the difficult decision she faces.
After unexpectedly losing the Republican primary to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, Murkowski is scheduled to be in Alaska Friday to announce whether she will run in the general election.
"I don't share personal conversations," Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe said about a lengthy discussion she and Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas had with Murkowski in a closed foyer just off the Senate floor.
Visible through a partially frosted glass door, the three women senators stood together for about a half an hour during a series of votes.
Snowe is a moderate Republican who later complained to reporters that Tea Party supporters want "ideological purity" in the Republican Party. Lincoln, a moderate Democrat, barely survived a challenge from the left in her primary. Now she is far down in the polls to a conservative Republican opponent.
"She's a great colleague and a friend as well," Snowe said about Murkowski. "Obviously, we feel very bad about it. She's been serving in the Senate with great standing and distinction."
(CNN) - Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Arkansas, faces off against Rep. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, at a 1 p.m. ET debate in one the mostly hotly contested Senate races of the 2010 Election.
Polling shows that Boozman would defeat the two-term incumbent senator if the election were held today – a victory Republicans would need to help win back the Senate majority. The GOP needs a net gain of 10 seats to wrest control of the Senate from Democratic hands – an unlikely prospect at this point unless a strong anti-Democratic wave sweeps across nation. Republicans will certainly pick up seats, but the question is will it be enough to win back the Senate.
Tune into this critical Senate debate at 1 p.m. ET.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton delivered a spirited defense of Democratic policies Wednesday night in a speech reminiscent of those he gave when his own name was on the ballot.
The lengthy remarks delivered on behalf of embattled Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln were entirely trademark Clinton: part feel-your-pain folksiness, part policy lecture, and part blistering critique of the opposition.
"It's okay for people to still be mad, frustrated and feel helpless because that's their lives," said Clinton to the Little Rock, Arkansas crowd – many of whom still consider him their favorite son. "I get that but let me ask you something, specially everybody here with gray hair like me. If you have lived long enough, you would know that every time in your life that you've made a decision that was important when you were really mad, there is an 80 percent chance that you made a mistake. Ain't that right?"
The former president also said voters are currently suffering from "anger, apathy and amnesia," factors he said that are blocking a sound debate on the differing policies of the two parties.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton heads home Wednesday to help out a fellow Democrat facing a very tough re-election bid.
The former president teams up with Sen. Blanche Lincoln in his native Arkansas at an event in Little Rock to celebrate the lawmaker's one year anniversary as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
"As Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, which oversees nearly one-third of our state's economy, my top priority is utilizing this leadership position as a pipeline for jobs and economic opportunity for our state. I am grateful for President Clinton's support in this election and look forward to celebrating what I consider 'Arkansas's Committee' with my fellow Arkansans on September 8," says Lincoln in a statement.
Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton heads back to his home state of Arkansas next week to campaign for two Democratic candidates.
Clinton is scheduled to appear at events for incumbent Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln and congressional candidate Chad Causey on September 8.
Clinton backed both candidates in the Democratic primary, with the former president repeatedly hitting the trail for Lincoln as she fought to survive a tight Democratic primary process against the more liberal Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter.