Leaving a backlog of work it clearly had no appetite for, a deeply divided, very worried Congress skedaddled out of Washington at the end of September to make its re-election case to an equally divided, equally worried electorate.
Will the chilly winds of October blow the GOP from power? Maybe, but political handicappers of all stripes see the race for control of Congress a toss-up.
Rural voters. So do the voters; especially rural voters. A late September Center for Rural Strategies poll found 41 predominantly rural Congressional races in dead heats.
Pollsters Anna Greenburg and Bill Greener – she a Democrat, he a Republican – agree that the rural vote holds the key to who will hold power Nov. 8.
While the election’s outcome is up for grabs, its effect on farm policy is more certain.
If the GOP keeps its majority in either the Senate or the House or both, expect the respective ag committee leaders to remain:
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