After winning a popular vote victory in the Arkansas Democratic primary, Sen. Blanche Lincoln will launch her “Countdown to Victory” tour with President Bill Clinton Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Philander Smith College in downtown Little Rock.

“I’m extremely grateful for President Clinton’s support in this campaign and look forward to our ‘Countdown to Victory’ kickoff event,” Lincoln said.

“Blanche is fighting the special interests and standing up for Arkansas,” Clinton said. “She has written the toughest Wall Street reform proposal to help Main Street businesses. She has fought for Arkansas farmers, ranchers and foresters. Arkansas cannot afford to lose Blanche’s leadership as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.”

Just last month, some pundits were writing off Lincoln’s campaign.

“Over a two-month period, outside groups spent millions of dollars to punish me because I don’t answer to them, I answer to Arkansas,” Lincoln said. “I’m part of the solution, and that’s what Arkansans elected me to be.”