AR-Sen: Don’t Call It A Comeback

19 May

Senator Lincoln’s watch party goers must have felt a bit dizzy between the early evening cocktails and all the spinning that was going on inside their room at the Holiday Inn Presidential Center last night. Lincoln, a two-term incumbent senator who led primary challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter by some 12 percentage points as late as May 6, was actually introduced by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel as “the comeback kid” before taking the stage. Mrs. Lincoln went on to rally her supporters with this:

People said they were going to write us off, but they’ve got another thing coming. Yeah!

As she continued her hootin’ and hollerin’ speech last night, she also played up her southern drawl to a point reminiscent of Al Gore’s infamous concession speech following the 2000 Florida recount debacle, where he finally channeled his inner Tennessean on us (after losing said home state). An early appeal to those thousands of rural Arkansas voters than shunned her and voted for real change in Mr. Halter? Perhaps.

Look, for an incumbent senator that led anywhere from 10-20 percentage points for the majority of this race to claim a “comeback” or that she was “resurrected from the obituary pages” is laughable. Clearly, Bill Halter’s run was nothing short of remarkable, proving even more successful than another famous Democratic primary in this state — the 1972 challenge by David Pryor of then senator John McClellan. Unlike Pryor, who of course went on to be a force in Arkansas politics for years following his only election loss in that race, we’re hoping Halter remains undefeated as he heads to Washington and continues to be a voice for Arkansas progressives for years to come.

Where will D.C. Morrison’s some 40,000 votes go? Did his voters really believe in the conservative message, or was it merely Republican meddling in the Democratic primary? Or did his voters come out to vote against Washington (i.e. Lincoln)? Will these voters come out in the run-off at all? Stay tuned.

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