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Key election results in states with an Edge presence

Wednesday, November 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: John Holevoet, director of government affairs
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Consistent with many predictions going into election night, the Republicans kept control of the U.S. Senate (adding a couple of seats to their majority) and Democrats took control the House of Representatives. This shift in power could impact the debates over the farm bill, USMCA ratification and agriculture workforce concerns in the coming months.

This election has brought one change to the senators representing Edge members. In Indiana, Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.

There were also several changes in House districts that contain Edge members:

  • In Wisconsin, Republican Bryan Steil won the open seat being vacated by outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan.
  • The race in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District to replace outgoing Rep. Tim Walz, who was elected the state’s new governor, has not been called yet, but Republican Jim Hagedorn is leading.
  • Also in Minnesota, incumbent Republican Rep. Jason Lewis was defeated by Democrat Angie Craig.
  • In Iowa, incumbent Republican Rep. Rod Blum was defeated by Democrat Abby Finkenauer
  • In South Dakota, Republican Dusty Johnson won the open seat that is being vacated by Rep. Kristi Noem, who ran successfully for governor.
  • In Illinois, incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren was defeated by Democrat Lauren Underwood.
  • In Indiana, Republican Greg Pence (the older brother of Vice President Mike Pence) was elected to replace outgoing Rep. Luke Messer.

In addition to the federal contests, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois and Michigan all elected new governors. In Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan the election also means a change from a Republican to a Democratic governor. In Minnesota, the retiring Democrat was replaced by Rep. Tim Walz, another Democrat. While in South Dakota, the retiring Republican was replaced by Rep. Kristi Noem, another Republican.

At Edge, we look forward to working with the new faces we will see in Washington D.C. as well as the current allies we already know. From trade to immigration to the farm bill, the next two years have the potential to be very productive. We will do everything we can to make sure they are good for our dairy farmer members.

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