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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Arkansas Senate Race: Obamacare Is Key Factor In Decline Of Blanche Lincoln Chances For Reelection

Rasmussen reports that Republican Congressman John Boozman is ahead of Senator Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Senate Race, 55 percent to Lincoln's 36 percent.

Boozman has kept a consistent lead over Lincoln since February 2010. In early voting Boozman continues to lead over Lincoln with 55 percent to 38 percent.

It is clear that Lincoln's vote for Obamacare, which was opposed by the majority in Arkansas, has been an influence in her decline.

Lincoln, who is seeking a third six-year term, was reelected in 2004 with 54% of the vote. But her procedural vote to keep the Obama health care bill alive in the Senate last December appears to have been a key factor in her declining political fortunes in a state where the president and many of his policies are highly unpopular.

Seventy percent (70%) of Arkansas voters favor repeal of the national health care law, while 28% oppose repeal. This is much higher support for repeal than is found nationally and includes 61% who Strongly Favor repeal and 20% who are Strongly Opposed.

Yesterday it was reported that Democratic politicians that voted for Obamacare were suffering and likely to lose seats in the upcoming midterm election, held November 2, 2010.

Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Suzanne Kosmas (Fla.), Debbie Halvorson (Ill.), Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio), Steve Driehaus (Ohio) and Betsy Markey (Colo.) were all late yes votes on health reform. Most, if not all, of them will lose on Tuesday, according to nonpartisan campaign experts.

Other Democrats who announced their support in the last few days before the March 21 vote are in tossup races, including Reps. Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), Paul Kanjorski (Pa.), Chris Carney (Pa.) and Bill Foster (Ill.).

Blanche Lincoln is suffering from her betrayal of her constituents, as many other Democratic politicians are.

I wonder if on November 3, 2010 she will think it was worth going against the will and wishes of her constituents.