The Race to Come After Primary Results in Pennsylvania and Arkansas

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The results are in. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter lost the Democratic primary to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.), while incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln will now face Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in a run-off election in three weeks.

After a long and bitter primary fight where incumbents faced a tough struggle, politicians and voters are looking for what's next. We check in on the political mood with Tony Norman, columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetta, and Roby Bock, editor of, which covers politics and business in Arkansas.


Roby Bock and Tony Norman

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [3]

Angela Hibbard from Detroit, MI

The "takeaway" about the Blanche Lincoln is being painted as "anti-incumbent fever" on your show. I beg to differ. This is from this morning's MoveOn e-mail:

"For the first time, voters have shown that Democrats who side with corporate interests to block President Obama's agenda will suffer for it at the ballot box[read "Blanche Lincoln"].

"But even as we're celebrating, it's time to double down. Because Sen. Lincoln is a favorite of big corporations, she still has millions in the bank—and she'll spend all of it smearing Bill Halter."

You may not have reported Senator Lincoln's corporate support as a cause of this political threat because it doesn't fit your theme for the day; or you may not have reported it because of the MoveOn connection. However, it's why they went after her. It would be nice if you'd explore the connection between this current "anti-incumbent" movement and politicians' links to corporate money.

May. 19 2010 09:25 AM
Jason from Detroit

The election results reaffirm that our Country is prone to hysteria driven by fear and ignorance. We have seen this in the past during the Communist scare of the 1950s, the prohibitionist, and anti-drug movements, just to name a few. This is politics driven by fear, anger, hatred, and misinformation. These are the foundation of the Tea Party Movement.

May. 19 2010 09:05 AM
Omaar from Sandy Springs, Georgia

Critz Beat a Republican For Murtha's Seat, that was the Surprising Win and the Media Howls Over Rand Paul, a Libertarian Posing as a Tea Party Candidate, Reality.

Sestak Beat Specter.

Lincoln is Forced into a Run Off.

Rand Paul: A Libertarian Posing as a [Tea Party Senator] Beat a Real Republican.

Rand Paul is not a [Tea Party Candidate]..

Who will He Caucus with, the Republican Or Democrat Caucus, The Tea Party has no Caucus. Who Endorsed Paul, Republicans, whose Endorsed him, after his Win.


The Tea Party, Was, Is and shall Forever be a Republican Trojan Horse.

This Year will be a Hodge Podge Of Losses On Both Sides, this will Not be [1994]

Republicans are going to be Ousted this Year as well.

John [Career Politician] McCain, will Lose to a Democrat.

Americans are Screaming For Term Limits..

The Message is Crystal Clear.

May. 19 2010 07:18 AM

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