The presidential election has seemingly dominated commercials, conversations, and social media for months. This has overshadowed the importance of congressional races which could determine the balance of the House and Senate.
Close senate races are happening in Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin that could result in the Republican party losing control of the senate.
Sara Wyant, president of AgriPulse, predicted on AgriTalk Thursday the Democrats will “clearly” take control of the Senate, 51 to 49, but doesn’t think the Republicans will lose the House.
From an agriculture standpoint, Dale Moore, executive director of public policy with American Farm Bureau Federation, says there will be new leadership in the Senate with the Democrats, whether that be a majority or minority position. He said both House and Senate ag committees have “solid” leadership, which was proven in writing the last farm bill.
On respective sides of the hill, said Moore, the bills were very similar on commodities, crop insurance, conservation, and trade.
“The difference is like trying to tell the difference between different brands of pickup trucks,” said Moore. “They’re pretty much the same vehicle.”
Who retains or reclaims control comes down to the hands of voter turnout. Wyant says there are a “lot of unknowns,” wondering if Bernie Sanders’ supporters will vote for Clinton, if the African American community that supported President Obama will vote, or if the “Never Trump” crowd will vote Republican.
Moore believed the agricultural community will be at the polls Nov. 8 to have their voices heard.
“Farmers and ranchers vote,” said Moore. “They understand the importance of standing up and making sure their elected leaders understand where their strength is.”
Listen to Moore and Wyant on AgriTalk above.