Although she was trailing primary challenger Bill Halter in at least one recent poll, Arkansas Democrats decided Tuesday to give Sen. Blanche Lincoln another shot. Lincoln had been targeted by unions and progressive groups after she killed the pro-labor bill she once co-sponsored and worked to weaken health care reform.
All but written off by her critics—and even some friends—Lincoln faced a relentless challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, a fellow Democrat. She insisted to the end that voters would stick with the middle-of-the-road senator they had elected twice before.
She was right, by a comfortable margin, and in her jubilant victory remarks, she made clear that the liberal organizations and the national labor unions that invested millions of dollars and much manpower to defeat her had come up empty.