The Associated Press
The conservative Democrat won in the more liberal, urban counties, while the challenger from the left was buoyed by rural and conservative voters.
Despite all the Tea Party talk of anti-incumbency, Republicans went for the establishment pick and one in eight Democrats supported a little-known candidate who believes President Barack Obama is a socialist.
This wasn’t just the one of the most bitter and expensive primary in Arkansas’ history. It was also one of the most perplexing.
“It’s counterintuitive,” said Hal Bass, political science professor at Ouachita Baptist University. “How in the world does someone under assault from the left do best in the urban districts and worst in the rural districts? It’s a conundrum.”
The fight between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination — now headed toward a June 8 runoff — broke about every single rule of politics in Arkansas. It also solidified Arkansas’ position as a state that confounds observers.