Primary Voters Choose Candidates in Arkansas

Voters went to the polls yesterday to pick their party candidates for Arkansas’ Senate race.

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) “failed to win the majority of votes in the Democratic primary Tuesday and now faces an extended fight to a runoff election with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for her party’s nomination,” the AP reports.

The survivor “of the June 8 showdown will face Republican U.S. Rep. John Boozman, who scrapped a re-election bid for his House seat in order to challenge Lincoln.”  He was able to avoid a runoff with over 50% of the vote.

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX):

“After a spirited and open primary, I congratulate Congressman John Boozman for his victory in Arkansas’ Republican primary today. Congressman Boozman has earned Arkansans’ trust and respect and he understands the destructive impact of the Democrats’ out-of-control economic policies for the families, seniors, farmers, and job creators in his state who are struggling to make ends meet.

“The Democrats are still divided on their nominee, as no candidate earned the 50 percent of Democrat primary votes required to win the Democrat nomination outright. After a vicious primary fight, the Democrats in Washington were unable to drag Blanche Lincoln across the finish line in her battle for reelection. If liberal Lt. Governor Bill Halter is the eventual nominee, it remains to be seen whether those same party bosses will financially support his candidacy in the conservative state of Arkansas.

“No matter who emerges as the Democrat nominee after the party’s June 8 runoff, the contrast in this campaign could not be more clear. Both Lincoln and Halter have signaled that they will rubberstamp President Obama’s deeply unpopular agenda if elected to the U.S. Senate this November. And both Democrat Senate candidates support President Obama’s costly health care legislation, which the majority of Arkansans have rejected.

“Arkansans deserve a leader who will consistently represent their values and priorities in Washington, and that is why I’m confident voters will elect John Boozman as their next U.S. Senator this November.”

(credit image – world atlas)


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