On the heels of last week’s underwhelming polling results on Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Politico turns an eye towards the Natural State to suss out the landscape. Is Lincoln in trouble?:
Arkansas insiders say one big problem is that Lincoln — who defeated an underfunded and little-known state legislator in 2004 by an underwhelming 12-point margin — doesn’t have a high profile despite serving three terms in the House and a decade in the Senate.
“She has not had a lot of presence in the state over the years,” said Ernie Dumas, an Arkansas Times columnist and longtime observer of Arkansas politics. “She just doesn’t have the potent personality that [former Sen. Dale] Bumpers and [former Sen. David] Pryor had.”
Others interviewed emphasize that, with no announced Republican candidate, it’s way premature to be making any calls on this race. Will recent developments encourage stronger Republican candidates to take a second look?
By the way, now’s a great time to look back to my and Blake Rutherford’s assessments of the 2010 Senate race earlier this month on Roby Brock’s “Talk Business.”