LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — US Republican John Boozman defeated Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln in the race for a Senate seat in Arkansas, becoming only the second Republican from that state to serve in the Senate since Reconstruction on Tuesday.
Lincoln had been considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents seeking re-election this year. She trailed Boozman in most polls leading up to Tuesday's election.
Lincoln, who chairs the powerful Senate Agriculture Committee, survived a bruising primary and runoff fight for the Democratic nomination. But Boozman, who represented northwest Arkansas in the House, criticized her heavily for supporting US President Barack Obama's health care bill.