NFU: 2020 Election: Presidential Race Remains Close, Big Changes for Agriculture Committee
Results continue to roll in from Tuesday’s election and several key races – including the one for the presidency – are still up in the air. But one thing we do know for sure is that with upwards of 160 million Americans participating, or about 67 percent of eligible voters, the 2020 election saw the highest turnout in over a century. The United States tends to have lower voter turnout than most other developed nations, at about 55 to 60 percent in most presidential elections. This year’s higher turnout is a strong indication that Americans are especially invested in the outcome and were committed to showing up, despite the pandemic, long lines, and other barriers.
As expected, the presidential race has been close, with no clear winner as of Wednesday night. A handful of key states, including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia, have yet to report final results. It is likely, however, that by Friday, we will have a better sense of the outcome, once all the votes have been counted.
Congressional races have been quicker to be called, though there are still a few Senate seats and a few dozen House seats that have not been filled. Even so, Democrats are expected to maintain control of the House while Republicans will likely maintain control of the Senate.
In these races, several Farmers Union friends and allies have won reelection, though a few have not, including House Agriculture Committee chair Collin Peterson. Two other Congressional agriculture committee leaders – Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts and House Agriculture Committee ranking member Michael Conway – are retiring this year. As a result, both the House and Senate agriculture committees will see substantial changes during the next Congress.
Regardless of how things ultimately shake out, National Farmers Union’s top concerns will continue to be pandemic recovery and response, climate mitigation, and antitrust enforcement. In the coming weeks and months, we will provide a more thorough assessment of election results and additional information about our priorities for the next administration.