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GOP's John Boozman Swamping Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas Senate Race

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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.

John BoozmanBut 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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It seems Arkansans might have given a nod to their Favorite Son, former Pres Clinton, by choosing Lincoln in the primary, but now they are going for the important business of trying to change politics as usual in DC in the general election. Your personal popularity might carry you a long way, but at some point, as the POTUS, T Kennedy, A Spector, et al, have come to realize, the voters are going to say enough is enough an we want REAL CHANGE. Change that actually benefits the citizenry, not the politicians or their particular Party.

June 18 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I could care less about party affiliation, their all politicians. I think the people of this country are tired of the career politicians. They won't set term limits on themselves as they don't want to back away from the trough or step off the gravy train. It's about time the American Citizens started setting term limits in the polling booth. Right now I'm for anybody but the incumbent no matter what their party affiliation is.

June 17 2010 at 7:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to tmerrimoxie's comment

My sister, and now I, set our own term limits by not voting for any candidate more than twice. They could be good as gold, but they will become corrupted if they are allowed to hang around too long. That is why it is so important for people to vote in the Primaries. There is where you determine who will be on the ballot for the general election. It is too late to exercise your right of choice, the decision was made for you, in the Primary.

June 18 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hey, Bob, Lincoln is from Arkansas.

June 17 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This is a clear result of the administration having abandoned the progressive element of the Democratic Party that did most of the persuading to place President Obama in office. While Rahm, Axelrod, etc. may think they have been smart in using progressives during the campaign, they have lost all credibility with this element as they continue to abuse progressive demands by ignoring them. Now, the Democratic Party may lose yet another Senate seat due to the abandonment of progressives. It is time for President Obama to become confrontational rather than conciliatory. The good will engendered by the Health Bill is behind us until election time, and that accomplishment will then be a source for attack. The entire country is tired of waiting for the President to be a pro-active figure rather than a reactive one.

June 17 2010 at 2:43 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

I hope he wins in November. The United States does not need any more democrats in the house or senate.

June 17 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse +30 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to conservgirl8's comment

What we do not need is a democrat who is really loyal to the other party. I am a proud Dem who hopes she gets what she has coming, even if that means a GOP senator. a Gop senator will also INSURE the state of LA. remains a cess pool. They took all that oil money, let them roll in the mess they have created! I am glad Florida where I live is still in great shape because they refused big oil money!!!

June 17 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply

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