In Arkansas and Pennsylvania, a tale of turnout

Behind the Numbers
Copyright 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010; 10:13 AM

In yesterday's Senate primaries in Arkansas and Pennsylvania, turnout and shifting vote patterns left sitting Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) facing a runoff and defeated Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.). The Arkansas' contest this year drew more voters than the state's 2008 presidential primary (with 99 percent counted, 326,216 have voted, compared with 314,234 in the '08 contest) and also topped the 1998 Senate primary (318,801 voted then). In that contest, Lincoln won the right to a runoff against then Attorney General Winston Bryant. She matched her overall share of the vote in that contest (45 percent), but there are some significant geographic differences. Blanche Lincoln - Arlen Specter - Arkansas - Pennsylvania - Two-round system

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