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Blanche Lincoln WINS Arkansas Senate Runoff, Defeats Bill Halter

ANDREW DeMILLO   06/ 8/10 11:57 PM ET   AP

Blanche Lincoln Wins Arkansas Runoff
Blanche Lincoln Wins Arkansas Runoff For Democratic Senate Nomination

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sen. Blanche Lincoln has fended off a union-backed challenger and anti-establishment sentiment to win a runoff for Arkansas' Democratic Senate nomination.

Lincoln defeated union-backed Lt. Gov. Bill Halter on Tuesday. She'll face Republican congressman John Boozman in the Nov. 2 general election.

Lincoln was considered among the country's most vulnerable senators, as groups to her right and left criticized votes on proposed changes to the national health care system. The candidates themselves raised and spent millions of dollars. Labor and business groups from outside the state spent millions more.

Lincoln has spent 12 years in the Senate and four representing eastern Arkansas in the House. Halter has been lieutenant governor since 2006.

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