April 13th, 2010
03:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Fundraising figures spell trouble for Arkansas incumbent

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/13/art.lincoln.blanche.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Blanche Lincoln's campaign released fundraising numbers Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln raised $1.3 million in the first three months of 2010 and has $4.3 million cash on hand, her campaign said Tuesday.

But Lincoln's numbers indicate she has been unable to match the pace set by Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter, who will face off against Lincoln in the Democratic senatorial primary - now only five weeks away.

While Halter has not released official fundraising totals for the first quarter, he was able to raise $2 million in the month of March alone, campaign spokeswoman Laura Chapin told CNN Tuesday.

Halter's challenge from the left makes Lincoln's already difficult re-election bid even more complicated. Should she defeat Halter in the Democratic primary, she will still face a Republican candidate in the general election.

In the months since Lincoln teamed up with Vice President Joe Biden to launch her re-election bid for a third term, she has faced criticism from labor unions and for what they describe as her move to the right in order to save her seat.

Lincoln has sought to portray herself as a Washington outsider, and in March launched a television ad taking aim at the "bunch of Washington D.C. unions" running ads accusing her of siding with big business over middle class workers.

Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Bill Halter • Blanche Lincoln
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Buh Bye democrat hack!

    April 13, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Dutch

    Bye Bye Blanche! It looks like you can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Mr. Halter, just tell me where to send the check.

    April 13, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Sue

    Let us hope that Halter wins.........

    As there is no way that the majority from this "conservative" district-–are going to elect someone from the loony left to this seat.

    Blanche Lincoln was the only hope that the Democrats had for keeping this seat.

    April 13, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Abe

    Same song different day. A Democrat having to act out of character to get elected. Sadly, Lincloln won't be able to wash that grime off. I know the voters of Arkansas are not as dumb as her buddy Biden and won't buy it.

    April 13, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Michael

    I wish President Obama would throw his support behind the LT Governor Bill Halter a true Democrat!

    April 13, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good riddance. She is such a phony. Blanche really has no business calling herself a Democrat.

    April 13, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Debbie

    Bye Bye BLANCHE!

    April 13, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Good!! She votes like a republicant anyway.

    April 13, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. markiejoe

    Blanche Lincoln is a goner after the primary.

    But that said, I don't think Halter has a chance in the general.

    April 13, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.


    April 13, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Ramon

    Buh bye, Blanche.

    April 13, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. jimbo

    you reap what you sow

    April 13, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    But you are a republikkkan Blanche.

    I am happy to say 50 of my dollars went to Mr. Halter and I live in TX

    April 13, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Mark

    If another Democrat runs against Lincoln, I'll vote for them. But, I'll NEVER vote for a Republican over her.

    April 13, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Golly gee, I wonder why!! Sold out her party!

    April 13, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    You reap what you sow Blanche...Considering the State you are from you should know that already.

    April 13, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. felicia

    I say throw the bum out, lincoln is a disgrace

    April 13, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |