It used to be that five million dollars in corporate money was enough to make a senator safe in their seat. But times have changed:

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D) is quickly becoming the darling of the liberal left in his primary challenge to Sen. Blanche Lincoln. In the space of just 36 hours, four liberal groups —, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America and the Daily Kos blog — collected more than $1 million for his campaign, a remarkable total that suggests that Lincoln’s presumed cash advantage in the race may be in some jeopardy. And today the Sierra Club launches two weeks of radio ads blasting Lincoln for backing a “Big Oil bailout” in the form of her support for an effort by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from overseeing greenhouse gas emissions.

Blanche Lincoln’s money advantage could be wiped out in a matter of weeks. And all from small donors who think she’s a terrible Democrat because she puts Wal*Mart first. Do you think she saw this coming? I don’t.

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