In our recent podcast on the 2010 midterms, we discussed the Arkansas Senate Primary between sitting Senator Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Governor Bill Halter. The election will be May 18th. The NY Times has a story on the race and casts a spell on both candidates, neither of whom come off particularly proud of their “D” label. The race is getting a lot of attention for two reasons: a) Media looooves in-fighting and b) Millions of dollars (mostly from grassroots websites like MoveOn.org) are now being spent on the race which now represents a metaphor for the Democratic Party at large.
Like we say in the podcast, think of this as Joe Lieberman’s Senate race back in ’06. Is the primary electorate going to throw out incumbents they’re displeased with for new challengers? Stick with status quo? Before that questioned is answered, keep in mind the following: Arkansas primary electorate is not the country at large.