Blanche Lincoln Narrowly Wins Arkansas Runoff

Moderate Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln narrowly escaped a strong challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in a runoff election Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Senate in Arkansas. Lincoln had about 52 percent of the vote with 91 percent of precincts reporting. Halter had 48 percent. "I couldn't be more proud of my great state of Arkansas," Lincoln said after securing the nomination. The result brings to an end a protracted and expensive primary battle that nearly resulted in a third incumbent senator failing to reach the general election amid widespread anti-incumbent sentiment. (The first two were Pennsylvania Democrat Arlen Specter and Utah Republican Bob Bennett.)