Blanche Lincoln Will Face Runoff in Arkansas

She and Bill Halter fail to win majority in Senate primary

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 18, 2010 10:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln has failed to win the majority of votes in the Democratic primary and now faces a 3-week fight with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for her party's nomination. Lincoln—already one of the most vulnerable incumbents seeking re-election this year— is headed toward a June 8 runoff with Halter, extending what has been one of the most bitter and expensive political fights in Arkansas history.

Lincoln had said she would be ecstatic with either a runoff or a clear-cut victory in today's primary, but Halter has said that forcing her into a prolonged campaign would be close to a win for his bid. Outside groups on both sides, including the AFL-CIO and the US Chamber of Commerce, had pumped millions of dollars into the race.

Den. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is interviewed after voting in the Democratic primary election in Little Rock, Ark. yesterday
Den. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is interviewed after voting in the Democratic primary election in Little Rock, Ark. yesterday   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is interviewed as his wife Chanti looks on in North Little Rock, Ark., after the two voted in the Tuesday, May 18, 2010, Democratic primary election.
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is interviewed as his wife Chanti looks on in North Little Rock, Ark., after the two voted in the Tuesday, May 18, 2010, Democratic primary election.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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