ELECTIONS UPDATE – SENATE AG COMMITTEE
The editor of the DTN Ag Policy Blog reported yesterday: “Barring an outright collapse, Democrats will maintain control of the Senate. The question is by how much and whether Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., will be back and stay majority leader.” “Naturally, the major race right now is Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln’s campaign in Arkansas against Rep. John Boozman. Right now, this race is considered as ‘leaning Republican’ after Lincoln faced a bruising primary and runoff that drained her campaign finances earlier this spring. An argument from southern agriculture is that Lincoln, as chairman, would help defend southern-favored farm programs as Congress works on the 2012 farm bill. If Lincoln loses and Democrats keep the Senate, then the chairmanship could fall to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., because more senior Democrats on the Ag Committee also already have other high-profile chairmanships.