Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln
, having survived a primary and a run-off, is not making any headway in her campaign for reflection in Arkansas with Republican Rep. John Boozman
holding a 17 point lead, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey
conducted Sept. 12-14 for the Arkansas News Bureau.
Boozman leads Lincoln 51 percent to 34 percent with 4 percent preferring other candidates and 11 percent undecided, about the same margin he enjoyed in May before either he or Lincoln had nailed down their nominations. A Rasmussen Reports poll
in mid-August had Boozman ahead by even a bigger margin.
Lincoln is seen unfavorably by 47 percent and favorably by 30 percent, with 23 percent neutral. Forty-three percent see Boozman favorably, 22 percent regard him unfavorably and 27 percent were neutral, with another 8 percent not recognizing his name.
Hall Bass, a political science professor at Ouachita Baptist University, told the Arkansas News Bureau that "the assets (Lincoln) brings to the table, and they're considerable, just don't seem to have much resonance in this particular campaign environment."
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