FILE - In this March 23, 2010, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is interviewed in his Little Rock, Ark., campaign headquarters. The sagging fortunes of major Democratic campaigns in ... more 
FILE - In this March 23, 2010, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is interviewed in his Little Rock, Ark., campaign headquarters. The sagging fortunes of major Democratic campaigns in Arkansas _ highlighted by Sen. Blanche Lincoln's uphill struggle to save her job _ are raising concerns among Democrats that the party may be in for more than just short-term losses here this year. They fear that Arkansas may be on the brink of joining the tier of southern states that are now solidly Republican. But there are reasons the shift might not happen, or might be limited. The state's Democratic governor, Mike Beebe, and many state Democratic officeholders have separated themselves from the party's national brand and remain politically strong. Democrats also have a deeper organizational and fundraising system in Arkansas. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Danny Johnston, File
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