Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln
survived a challenge in the Democratic primary
for the party's senate nomination in Arkansas, but she now finds herself trailing Republican Rep. John Boozman
by an almost 2-to-1 margin, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll
conducted June 15.
Boozman leads Lincoln 61 percent to 32 percent with 4 percent preferring some other candidate and 3 percent undecided. In Rasmussen's mid-May poll prior to her runoff victory against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, Boozman's margin had been 66 percent to 28 percent. In late April, Boozman's lead over Lincoln was 57 percent to 29 percent but he also led Halter by 56 percent to 31 percent.
There is also a big gap between Boozman and Lincoln in their favorability ratings. The four-term congressman, whose district covers the northwest corner of the state bordering Oklahoma and Missouri, is seen favorably by 65 percent of voters and unfavorably by 26 percent with 9 percent not knowing enough about him to be sure of their opinion. Lincoln is seen unfavorably by 65 percent and favorably by 32 percent with 2 percent not sure.
But just as importantly as the overall figures, 37 percent say they see her "very" unfavorably while 26 percent -- more than twice the number for Lincoln -- see Boozman "very" favorably.
Boozman also benefits from getting 91 percent support from fellow Republicans while Lincoln has the backing of 74 percent of Democrats. Boozman is picking up 16 percent of the Democratic vote. He far outdistances her among unaffiliated voters, by a 79 percent to 15 percent margin with the balance preferring someone else or undecided.
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