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Lincoln campaign revving up

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln revved up her re-election bid today, figuratively speaking, with announcement of her 2010 campaign team and campaign headquarters.

Former Lincoln congressional aide Steve Patterson is back to head the group as campaign manager, as he did in Lincoln’s previous Senate bids in 1998 and 2004.

The two-term senator says she plans to run a “positive, aggressive campaign that competes for every vote.” Her base of operations will be Little Rock’s historic Union Station.

“I realize that the national Republicans have put a target on my back so we have our work cut out for us,” Lincoln says.

Seven Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination to challenger her next year, and the party’s field is likely to grow with former state senator and 2004 Lincoln challenger Jim Holt apparently primed to make another U.S. Senate run.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and state Senate leader Bob Johnson may be mulling whether Lincoln is weak enough for them to challenge her in a Democratic primary. She has not fared well in recent political polls and has come under criticism for supporting the Democratic push for health care reform.

Her fight-back position includes having more than $4 million in campaign cash in the bank.

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