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story.lead_photo.caption Sen.-elect John Boozman poses for a photo after his victory speech at The Peabody Tuesday night. - Photo by Gavin Lesnick

Rep. John Boozman defeated two-term Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln on Tuesday night, becoming only the second Republican from Arkansas to serve in the Senate since Reconstruction.

Lincoln conceded the race at 9 p.m., speaking to her supporters at Union Station, saying her staff would help to make the transition as smooth as possible.

"The people of Arkansas have already spoken," Lincoln said. "And as you know, I respect their decision."

Republican challenger wins Senate seat

Boozman unseats Lincoln

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"I can't thank you all enough for making this campaign about the people. You didn't make it about the anger or the fear or the ugly attitudes," she told supporters.

Boozman emerged shortly before 9:30 p.m. to greet a crowd of supporters, family members and campaign staffers who gathered for his watch party at The Peabody in Downtown Little Rock. He thanked them and pledged to continue his work in Congress in his new role.

"Many of you, not being from the Third District, haven't been able to vote for me," Boozman told the enthusiastic crowd. "But I've been voting for you for the last nine years, trying to represent you with a conservative voice that you expect in Washington. My pledge is to represent you with that conservative voice in the Senate."

Lincoln, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, had been hounded by the GOP for supporting the health care overhaul backed by President Barack Obama, who lost to Sen. John McCain in Arkansas in 2008. Most polls showed her trailing Boozman by double digits.

John Boozman
Blanche Lincoln

Boozman, an eye doctor from Rogers, entered the race in February.

Then in June, Lincoln narrowly survived a bruising fight against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination. Halter had the backing of liberal activists and labor unions that had been angered by Lincoln.

Lincoln was elected to the Senate in 1998 after defeating Boozman’s late brother, Fay Boozman. She was the youngest woman elected to the United States Senate. She served two terms in the early 1990s representing a congressional district in east Arkansas.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • HopefulN2012
    November 2, 2010 at 9:12 p.m.

    So, one vote can't make a difference? It depends on whether that vote is the 60th vote.
    Bye, Blanche. I won't miss you.
    Stay tuned, Liberals, she'll land either a job as a democratic strategist or a grape picker at Pelosi's vineyard.
    Pryor, you're next. Burger King is hiring.

  • Walter
    November 2, 2010 at 9:58 p.m.

    Hey, how about that?
    Some "real" change!

  • Goner
    November 2, 2010 at 11:41 p.m.

    Boozman is an unthinking conservative corporate bootlicker. He will vote however the Republican Party tells him to because he has no thinking powers of his own. Blanche was also a corporate disgrace, tossing aside the needs of the public for the benefit of her rich benefactors. We would have all lost with either one of these corporate lackeys winning the race. I look for Lincoln to have a job as either a lobbyist or on several corporate boards of directors before Boozman takes her seat.

  • Jjackk
    November 3, 2010 at 12:22 a.m.

    Give the guy a chance, at least let him get a record started before you attack him.

  • lalofts
    November 3, 2010 at 7:40 a.m.

    Blanche can certainly get a job plucking chickens while at the same time creating a favorable environment for Pryor whose time is up next.

  • Workingpayingtaxes
    November 3, 2010 at 7:59 a.m.

    Lincoln had her chance. Instead of trying to tell Arkansans what was best for them she should have been listening to them and doing what her empolyers wanted her to do.

    She will have a soft landing in some corporate or lobbyist area with a ridiculously high pay scale.

    Now, as JJakk said, it remains to be seen if we have done any better.

  • lazybar
    November 3, 2010 at 9:10 a.m.

    jjackk thats the best comment i`ve seen in a while

  • michaelw1966
    July 15, 2017 at 7:32 a.m.

    She lost because she forgot who she represented. Pure and simple

  • dildel
    July 15, 2017 at 8:58 a.m.

    I fail to see the point of this rerun except to show what a bootlicker the winner did turn out to be ,as proven over time.

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