Lincoln appears to be banking on Morrison voters 

In the Arkansas Democratic primary election on May 18, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D, failed to avoid a June 8 runoff against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, D. Such runoffs typically do not treat incumbents well. The thinking is that if Lincoln could only get 45 percent of the vote the first time, she is unlikely to improve her showing in the second round. Everyone has an opinion of the incumbent, and most voters have already chosen against her.

However, there is a counter-argument, and Lincoln seems to buy it. The third man in the May 18 race, D.C. Morrison, was a substantially more conservative option than Lincoln or the liberal Halter. Morrison won a surprisingly large 13 percent of the vote. He did not make the runoff, but he did say that he will urge his supporters to vote Republican in the fall.

Before they get there, Blanche Lincoln hopes they will vote for her first.

Her current attack on Halter is that he is deceiving voters about his alleged support of the controversial card-check law that would eliminate secret-ballot elections for unionizing workplaces. Unions want it badly, and Lincoln, instead of moving to her Left to win the primary, is hoping for a big turnout in the runoff of moderate to conservative Democrats. That’s my takeaway from her response yesterday to Halter’s earlier call for a debate:

Little Rock – U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln today said she is prepared to meet Bill Halter for a fourth debate as soon as he tells Arkansas voters where he stands on card check legislation.

“My stand on this legislation is the reason D.C. Unions are in Arkansas spending nearly $10 million attacking me and misrepresenting my record,” Lincoln said.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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