Today is a big day in the home stretch of the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary runoff, which ends June 8. Early voting begins today, with the first votes set to be cast in this barn-burner contest. And incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter are hitting the trail hard today.
Lincoln’s tour tomorrow is called the “Countdown to Victory,” and will involve stops in Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Star City, Monticello, Hamburg, Warren and Lake Village, in events that are officially billed as “early vote meet-ups.” Take this as a sign that the Lincoln campaign has learned a key lesson that the Obama campaign and the political world at large discovered in 2008 — that “Election Day” really begins on the first day of early voting, and get-out-the-vote efforts should be going in full force from there on.Halter’s tour is called the “Countdown to Change,” and will take him to Texarkana, Magnolia, Camden and El Dorado. Halter’s campaign tells TPMDC that this tour will be similar to his pre-primary tour in the first round, in which he travelled the state asking people for their votes.
The TPM Poll Average currently gives Halter a lead of 47.3%-44.7%.