Bye Bye Blanche – Money Wasted on Pointless Exercise Getting Her Nominated

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 5:51 pm

Blanche Lincoln’s loss was immediately called in Arkansas. John Boozman gave the second pickup for Republicans of the night, though two others were held off. John Raese has lost to Joe Manchin in West Virginia, and Linda McMahon lost to Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut. Republicans held Georgia, New Hampshire and North Carolina Senate seats, the [...]


AR Sen: Numbers Show Decreased Turnout Hurt Halter More Than Lincoln

By: Monday June 21, 2010 1:40 pm

A lot has been said and I’m sure a lot more will be said on the primary challenge Bill Halter mounted against Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, a primary challenge I was glad to help work on. In the lessons learned category, I recommend Jane’s post, which goes through a history of intentional primary challenges we often forget and gives an overview of what outside groups can learn when engaging in these tactics.

In trying to identify exactly what went on in Arkansas I’ve been taking a close look at the numbers and I’ve come to a few conclusions. I’ll lay out the full set of numbers here as well so folks can draw their own.

DSCC: Unions, Netroots are “Special Interests in Washington”

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 3:00 pm

Senator Robert Menendez, leader of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, sent out a memo deriding labor unions who supported Bill Halter as “special interests in Washington.” The DSCC’s website also featured an article slamming labor unions for supporting Halter.

Schumer Congratulates Lincoln for “Fighting Unions” (Updated with Schumer’s Excuse)

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 12:45 pm

It takes some gall for the Senator who literally represents Wall Street to not just congratulate Blanche Lincoln for “fighting Wall Street” with her sham derivatives bill, but to in the same breath congratulate her on “fighting unions.”

Late Night, Early Thoughts

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 8:15 am

Blanche Lincoln took credit for the entire Wall Street bill during the runoff election, and as long as something passes she’ll take credit for whatever that is. Our role is to explain what exactly ends up in the bill, so she cannot get away with such lies. But I don’t know how successful that enterprise will be.

Enjoy It While You Can, Blanche

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 7:30 am

Hey, Blanche? All the corporate donors who were your best buds for the last few months? You can kiss them goodbye — now that they’ve ensured that a corporatist is going to win in November no matter what, they’re going to throw their weight behind the person they actually want. And that person isn’t just a halfway-Republican like you, but a real one.

Hey White House: Who’s the “Absolute Idiot” Now?

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 6:00 am

“Absolute idiots” who “flushed $10 million down the toilet” in a “pointless exercise” that may “cost us the House.” That’s what a “senior White House official” had to say about organized labor tonight after Blanche Lincoln pulled out a victory over challenger Bill Halter.

The core of the problem? The Obama administration apparently thinks labor and working families have got enough already and shouldn’ complain. Marc Ambinder spoke with a senior White House official and reported the following on Twitter:

AR-Sen: Lincoln Beats Halter

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 8:38 pm

Bill Halter challenged a sitting southern Democrat from the left–he came close, but he didn’t make it. The Arkansas Lieutenant Governor lost narrowly in a runoff primary to Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln, 48 to 52 percent, with 94 percent of precincts reporting. The four-point margin is very close to the difference in the primary a fortnight ago.

Primary Night Liveblog – Part Three

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 7:55 pm

Tonight is one of the biggest election nights this cycle with primaries in 11 states and one special election in Georgia. For a full list of poll closing times look here, and for a summary of what to watch for tonight, look here. You can find a live update of election results on Politico. You can find part one of FDL’s primary liveblog here, and part two here.

Primary Night Liveblog – Part One

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 4:30 pm

Tonight is one of the biggest election nights this cycle with primaries in 11 states in one special election in Georgia.

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