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    Today's THV caught up with Lt. Governor Bill Halter and U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln. Not only are both receiving national attention, but special interest groups are spending millions in the state; the candidates call it interference.

    Lt. Governor Bill Halter and U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln are shaking hands and asking for last minute votes. Sunday, they both stopped by the Pulaski County Democrats May Day event.

    Halter says, "It's really good, it's exciting and a lot of folks expressing they want change in Washington."

    Lincoln adds, "I feel good. We have worked hard in this campaign and it has been an unbelievably challenging campaign."

    Recent poll results show Senator Lincoln ahead in the primary, but behind in general election matchups. She says, "We want to win the primary, we want to have a good showing there and continue to work with Arkansas Democrats and all of the people of Arkansas."

    "The fact is Arkansans are going to make their own decisions, they're going to decide on the candidate they want."

    The latest round of advertising has been negative, most by outside special interest groups. Halter explains, "Democrats need to know these ads being run against me are largely run by Republican groups, not Democrats."

    Both candidates have numerous supporters. President Obama officially endorsed Lincoln in March. She clarifies it shouldn't hurt her campaign and it doesn't mean she will always stand by him. She explains, "I've always answered to Arkansans, I've always stood for what's good for Arkansas and I'm going to continue to do that."

    "I'm delighted to have the endorsements of local officials and state officials and so forth, but the fact is voters are going to judge on the records and prospects for individual candidates," Halter says.

    Both candidates' itineraries are packed nearly 24-hours a day until the Tuesday primary election booths close at 7:30 p.m.

    Democrat D.C. Morrison is also running for U.S. Senate. Today's THV could not get a hold of anyone with his campaign.

    There are eight republicans running for U.S. Senate. For information on them, click on Politics in the news link.

    We want to remind you about our special Election Day broadcasts Tuesday, Campaign 2010.

    At 5, 6, 6:30 and on the THV 10:00 Difference, we'll have complete coverage of the May primaries. We'll also have continuous coverage on THV2 and THV2.com beginning at 7 p.m.

     

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