Well before the Saturday ceremony began, Arkansas Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor were mingling with people in the audience, shaking hands and posing for pictures. So was Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, running in the Democratic primary against Lincoln, who is seeking a third term.
Obama acknowledged Gov. Mike Beebe, who was on the stage with her, his wife Ginger, the Senate delegation and state Attorney General Bobby McDaniel. Absent from her greeting list was Halter.
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