Ark. senator faces fight of her political career

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Six years ago, Blanche Lincoln was the candidate who could please most of the people most of the time. The Democratic senator won re-election with support from both labor and business groups.

This year she faces a tough road. Eight Republicans have announced bids for the Senate nomination, and liberal groups are seeking an opponent to challenge her in the Democratic primary. Lincoln has become emblematic of the problems that incumbents, and particularly some Democrats, face as voters become impatient with the economy and the deficit.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Lincoln acknowledges hearing a "tremendous amount of noise" from critics but says she'll make her case as a centrist who works with both parties.

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