Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln Bolts from Her Party in New Ad

By Matt Loffman

Mar 4, 2010 11:15am

ABC News' Teddy Davis and David Chalian report:

What does it take for a Democrat to win in a Red State in 2010?

For starters, depict Washington, a town run by your own party, as children.

Second, explicitly tout your opposition to central components of your party’s agenda including the public option and the cap-and-trade bill.

That’s the strategy being followed by Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) in a television ad launched on Thursday.

Watch Lincoln’s ad HERE:

In 2008, Arkansas went for John McCain over Barack Obama by 20 points.
 
Lincoln, who opposes legislation which would make union organizing easier, is being challenged on her Left in the Democratic primary by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Halter has attracted the support of organized labor, MoveOn.org, and Democracy for America, the group started by Howard Dean.

On Wednesday, Jane Hamsher of the liberal FireDogLake.com, argued on ABC’s “Top Line,” that a populist Democrat like Halter stands a better chance of winning than a centrist like Lincoln whom Hamsher described as a “corporatist” because of her ties to big business.

Read more of Hamsher’s interview HERE.  

ABC News’ Matt Loffman contributed to this report.

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