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Blanche Lincoln, John Boozman will face Green John Gray in Arkansas US Senate race

Democrat Blanche Lincoln and Republican John Boozman, winners of their parties’ primaries for this year’s US Senate race in Arkansas, will face Green Party candidate John Gray, retired engineer and current Mayor of Greenland, AR. Lincoln, a leading beneficiary of retail giant Wal-Mart who was supported in a close primary race by President Barack Obama, has drawn the ire of progressives for her opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act and her efforts to weaken health care reform.

John Gray, the Arkansas Green Party candidate, is running on a platform that includes: enacting a Medicare For All single payer health care system, ending corporate personhood, fixing trade to make America self-sufficient and eliminate the trade deficit, breaking up “too big to fail” corporations, and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although polls have shown Sen. Lincoln trailing Boozman by a larger margin than her primary challenger, Lt. Governor Bill Halter, she still managed to overcome Halter in a runoff. Conservative independent Trevor Drown is also in the race.

SEIU president Mary Kay Henry has stated that her union would not back Lincoln even if she won the Democratic primary. In 2008, Arkansas Green US Senate candidate Rebekah Kennedy earned over 20% of the vote in a two-way race against incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor. It will be interesting to see if Arkansas progressives and independents will support John Gray in his race with a conservative Republican, a conservative independent, and a Democrat who Firedoglake blogger Jane Hamsher has called a “radical corporatist”.

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  1. libhomo libhomo June 10, 2010

    I’m glad the voters in Arkansas have a real choice.

  2. The Arkansas Green Party continues to do spectacular work.

    Applause, and thanks for the story, and the great effort.

  3. Ross Levin Ross Levin June 9, 2010

    The Sierra Club endorsed Jesse Johnson last year – it was exceptional because he was the only candidate opposing mountain top removal mining, but they did it.

    And Vaughn, I agree about going local.

  4. Vaughn Vaughn June 9, 2010

    That’s the best we can hope for from the Sierra Club. That they won’t back the Democrat.

  5. Paulie Paulie June 9, 2010

    We’re still collecting signatures. While it looks good, success is not certain. As for the CP, I don’t think they have a chance at ballot access here. No resources to hire petitioners, and the entire state party is a single family-run affair.

    If SEIU does not back Democrats, they will probably just not endorse anyone.

    Lt. Governor Bill Halter, mentioned in the article, declined signing the Green Party petition with me yesterday. He said it would be “against his interests.” I asked him if he believed people should be allowed to vote for any party they want. His reply is that he believes that he wants to be Senator.

  6. Vaughn Vaughn June 9, 2010

    That’s why I keep saying to ‘go local’ next year.

  7. Trent Hill Trent Hill June 9, 2010

    In the governor’s race, the CP has a mayor running. That’s terribly interesting that two third parties in the same, small, state have mayors running for higher office.

  8. Vaughn Vaughn June 9, 2010

    How about FDL actually endorses the Green?

    Also that is pretty neat that he is the mayor of Greenland. There is a city called Green in Ohio, but I don’t think there are any Greens there. 😉

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